Should you use critics in A Level English Lit AQA?

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redscarlett
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I do AQA Eng Lit Spec A…my teacher has never taught me to use critics quotes or critical perspectives. I understand this is a relatively new course structure, so could anyone enlighten me?
It's not mentioned in the Assessment Objectives….
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I did spec B so I’m not 100% but yes, in your coursework you should use at least 5 quotes from critics! In class essays and exams they’re really just a bonus if you can remember them but as you say, they’re not listed in the AOs so even though I guess they could contribute to context, don’t worry about forcing them in
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(Original post by redscarlett)
I do AQA Eng Lit Spec A…my teacher has never taught me to use critics quotes or critical perspectives. I understand this is a relatively new course structure, so could anyone enlighten me?
It's not mentioned in the Assessment Objectives….
I don't think specific critics are necessary - you don't have to name drop anyone unless you are familiar with them already / they are significant figures in their field. However, if I was applying a feminist lens to literature, I might name drop someone like Simone de Beauvoir or Mary Ellmann, but only because I am familiar with their approaches to feminism and because they are known critics. I could equally refer to a feminist interpretation more broadly (without explicitly naming a critic), commenting on a writer's reaction to patriarchy, for example. What you don't want to do is recite someone else's theory for five lines without focussing on your interpretation.
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