Turn on thread page Beta

English lit watch

    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    I'm taking English lit as an a level and I really enjoy reading but is there an awful lot of it, what are all the topis are they interesting?
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    It depends which exam board you take.

    I do AQA English Literature B (Old Specification).

    For AS:
    Exam 1: 'Pride & Prejudice' (IMO, the worst novel ever written)
    Exam 2: 'Death of a Salesman' + John Donne Poetry
    Coursework: 'The Taming of the Shrew'

    For A2:
    Exam 1: 'The Rover' + 'The Rape of the Lock' (A long narrative poem about a woman who had her lock of hair cut off)
    Exam 2: LTB6 - I don't know what this is yet - We receive the paper next week. And...
    Coursework: 'A Handful of Dust' + 'The Passing of Arthur' (A Long, narrative poem aswell).

    If you enjoy Literature now, you'll enjoy it at A-Level. It develops your essay and analytical skills aswell, which can be used in other subjects (Hence why Universities regard it as a good A-Level).
    Offline

    13
    ReputationRep:
    Depends on your board. I do CCEA which is probably different to what you're doing, but for A2 we're doing 2 plays (An Ideal Husband and The Beaux' Stratagem) for our synoptic paper, a poem (Alexander Pope- The Rape of the Lock) and a novel for coursework (An Age of Innocence). We also have to do unseen poetry in the exam.

    But as you said, lot's of reading obviously.
    Offline

    13
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by SCFCJAMES)
    It depends which exam board you take.

    I do AQA English Literature B (Old Specification).

    For AS:
    Exam 1: 'Pride & Prejudice' (IMO, the worst novel ever written)
    Exam 2: 'Death of a Salesman' + John Donne Poetry
    Coursework: 'The Taming of the Shrew'

    For A2:
    Exam 1: 'The Rover' + 'The Rape of the Lock' (A long narrative poem about a woman who had her lock of hair cut off)
    Exam 2: LTB6 - I don't know what this is yet - We receive the paper next week. And...
    Coursework: 'A Handful of Dust' + 'The Passing of Arthur' (A Long, narrative poem aswell).

    If you enjoy Literature now, you'll enjoy it at A-Level. It develops your essay and analytical skills aswell, which can be used in other subjects (Hence why Universities regard it as a good A-Level).
    I see you're doing The Rape of the Lock too. How are you finding it?
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by hannahhi)
    I see you're doing The Rape of the Lock too. How are you finding it?
    We've just finished it today actually. I used to like poetry - and now I don't. The most lethargic, boring poem I've ever read. Saying that, the language features, structure, form, themes etc... are pretty straight forward, so should be alright you?
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    I'm on AQA, no idea what specification though:

    AS
    -Wise Children
    -Comedians and The Miller's Tale
    -Coursework: The Taming Of The Shrew

    A2 (currently doing!)
    -Hamlet
    -Shelley poetry
    -Literature of the First World War
    -Coursework: compare two pieces of Literature, at least one must be a novel and it has to be approved by the exam board.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by snowyowl)
    I'm on AQA, no idea what specification though:

    AS
    -Wise Children
    -Comedians and The Miller's Tale
    -Coursework: The Taming Of The Shrew

    A2 (currently doing!)
    -Hamlet
    -Shelley poetry
    -Literature of the First World War
    -Coursework: compare two pieces of Literature, at least one must be a novel and it has to be approved by the exam board.
    Damn. That specification is miles better than ours :|
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    i did
    AS:
    carol ann duffy poetry 'the world's wife'
    oscar wilde's 'a woman of no importance' play
    Shakespeare's 'a midsummer nights dream' play for courswork
    Angela carter's 'wise children' novel [hardest book in the world]

    A2:
    Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' play
    Byron's 'Don Juan' epic poem
    Pat Barker's 'Regeneration' novel and Wilfred Owen's War Poetry for coursework
    Synoptic unit is more War Lit I think :|

    Nothing like what people actually think eng lit a level is like...
    • PS Reviewer
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    PS Reviewer
    i find it boring and pointless.
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by SCFCJAMES)
    Damn. That specification is miles better than ours :|
    Hmm, I don't recognise some of the things on your specification.

    Is it really that awful?
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by snowyowl)
    Hmm, I don't recognise some of the things on your specification.

    Is it really that awful?
    'Pride and Prejudice' (Jane Austen) is just awful (IMO)

    'A Handful of Dust' (Evelyn Waugh) is a novel where the author satirises the Upper Class society.

    'The Rover' (Aphra Behn) is a play about a carnival (Where people have complete sexual freedom)

    & 'Death of a Salesman' (Arthur Miller) is a novel about the Death of a Salesman (Literally) and The American Dream.

    A varied selection - Just extremely tedious :|
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    For me:

    Unit 1: Spies, Michael Frayn closed book exam.
    Unit 2: The Tempest, William Shakespeare, Coursework.
    Unit 3: The School for Scandal, Richard Sheridan, High Windows, Philip Larkin.

    Unit 4: Hamlet, William Shakespeare, Lyrical Ballads, Wordsworth and Coleridge, closed book exam.
    Unit 5: 1984, George Orwell, Brave New World, Aldous Huxley, Coursework.
    Unit 6: War Poetry, source material in exam.

    Enjoying it very much.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    I agree that Pride and Prejudice is hideous! I read that for 'fun' while trapped at a relatives house and it is woeful. I had to study Mansfield Park for first year university and it was even worse!

    I did some great texts for A Level; Frankenstein, Much Ado About Nothing, Translations, Selected Poems (Duffy), The Tempest and Howards End. Admittedly, Howards End was actually awful but there is so much to write about.
    Offline

    16
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by SCFCJAMES)
    It depends which exam board you take.

    I do AQA English Literature B (Old Specification).

    For AS:
    Exam 1: 'Pride & Prejudice' (IMO, the worst best novel ever written)
    Exam 2: 'Death of a Salesman' + John Donne Poetry
    Coursework: 'The Taming of the Shrew'

    For A2:
    Exam 1: 'The Rover' + 'The Rape of the Lock' (A long narrative poem about a woman who had her lock of hair cut off)
    Exam 2: LTB6 - I don't know what this is yet - We receive the paper next week. And...
    Coursework: 'A Handful of Dust' + 'The Passing of Arthur' (A Long, narrative poem aswell).

    If you enjoy Literature now, you'll enjoy it at A-Level. It develops your essay and analytical skills aswell, which can be used in other subjects (Hence why Universities regard it as a good A-Level).
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by SCFCJAMES)
    We've just finished it today actually. I used to like poetry - and now I don't. The most lethargic, boring poem I've ever read. Saying that, the language features, structure, form, themes etc... are pretty straight forward, so should be alright you?
    Seriously? I would love to study Pope, but he's not part of my syllabus. He is one of the best satirists ever.
    Offline

    16
    ReputationRep:
    I do EDEXCEL which is a great board for English Literature however the subject as a whole isn't my favourite and tbh I'm finding the coursework difficult and the exam is going to be a nightmare!
    Offline

    4
    ReputationRep:
    OCR
    Enduring Love
    The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-time
    Poetry of Browning
    Poetry of Hardy

    Othello
    A Street Car Named Desire
    3 pieces of coursework


    I have no idea what I'm going to be doing for A2.

    I like the AQA spec.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by SCFCJAMES)
    'Pride and Prejudice' (Jane Austen) is just awful. A modern chick-flick novel.

    'A Handful of Dust' (Evelyn Waugh) is just a novel where the author satirises the Upper Class society.
    -headdesk-

    I do Edexcel English Literature.

    AS: Hard Times - Charles Dickens
    A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams
    Hamlet - Shakespeare
    Keats's poetry

    A-Level: North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
    Atonement - Ian McEwan
    Othello - Shakespeare
    Carol Ann Duffy's poetry
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Mine:

    Othello - Shakespeare (Coursework)
    The Kite Runner- Khaled Hosseini
    The Great Gatsby- Scott F. Fitzgerald (Coursework)
    Top Girls- Caryl Churchill
    Coleridge poem (not sure what yet)
    & also 3 poems of John Keats

    I agree that their is alot haha.

    Though its really good. Just began Great Gatsby and I absolutley love it
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    I do CCEA. In AS I did
    - King Lear
    - Seamus Heaney poetry
    - A streetcar named desire
    - Frankenstein
    At A2 I'm doing
    - Death of a Salesman
    - Oedipus Rex
    - The Catcher in the Rye
    - The Wife of Bath
    - and unseen poetry.
    I really enjoy it, and actually don't find it that much reading at all
 
 
 

University open days

  • University of Buckingham
    Psychology Taster Tutorial Undergraduate
    Fri, 14 Dec '18
  • University of Lincoln
    Mini Open Day at the Brayford Campus Undergraduate
    Wed, 19 Dec '18
  • University of East Anglia
    UEA Mini Open Day Undergraduate
    Fri, 4 Jan '19
Poll
Were you ever put in isolation at school?
Help with your A-levels

All the essentials

The adventure begins mug

Student life: what to expect

What it's really like going to uni

Rosette

Essay expert

Learn to write like a pro with our ultimate essay guide.

Uni match

Uni match

Our tool will help you find the perfect course for you

Study planner

Create a study plan

Get your head around what you need to do and when with the study planner tool.

Study planner

Resources by subject

Everything from mind maps to class notes.

Hands typing

Degrees without fees

Discover more about degree-level apprenticeships.

A student doing homework

Study tips from A* students

Students who got top grades in their A-levels share their secrets

Study help links and info

Can you help? Study help unanswered threadsRules and posting guidelines

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.