English Literature A Level Coursework and Revision Tutorials
The events in Othello are so terrible and the emotions so raw that one has trouble distinguishing between reality and art. One wants to “call out” to make it stop – yet it is so unspeakably beautiful and true to human emotion that it makes one feel one has reached the beating heart of life itself. As a consequence of the power with which Othello speaks to the racial and international conflicts of our time, many critics regard it as the most significant Shakespeare play for contemporary audiences. The fact that it speaks so well to the conflicts of our time also means that it remains as vital, raw, disturbing, and dangerous as its subtle antagonist, Iago. Whether we can understand and respond effectively to the conflicts Iago stage-manages is really the measure of our ability to solve the central problems facing us. This series has brought together Brian Penman, a senior examiner, and Paul Hamilton, a Shakespearian expert, who together will guide and inspire you, so that you will not only thoroughly enjoy the play but be fully prepared for your exams.
Part of AQA English Literature AS Level, Thomas Hardy's poems fall within the Aspects of Tragedy component. Here the the student will need to understand how particular aspects of the tragic genre are used and how they work. The texts include: ‘A Sunday Morning Tragedy’, ‘At an Inn’, ‘Tess’s Lament’, ‘Under the Waterfall’, ‘Lament’, ‘Rain on a Grave’, ‘Your Last Drive’, ‘The Going’, ‘The Haunter’, ‘At Castle Boterel’, ‘A Trampwoman’s Tragedy’, ‘The Frozen Greenhouse’, ‘The Forbidden Banns’, ‘The Mock Wife’, ‘The Flower’s Tragedy’, ‘After a Journey’, and ‘The Newcomer’s Wife’.
This series introduces the students to the gothic as broad traditions/genres for those taking A Level English Literature. Specific texts will be mentioned and examined, but not in the detail of text-/author-centred series; the primary aim is to consider how various example texts might fit (or perhaps not fit) received wisdom concerning what gothic “is.”.
The Tempest, thought by many to be Shakespeare's last play, has become increasingly seen as one of his masterpieces. It is set on a remote island and draws heavily on the tradition of romance, telling the story of the sorcerer Prospero. Our series, written by Mary McNulty, a Learning Consultant Shakespeare's Globe and Myfanwy Marshall, an English teacher who specialises in Shakespeare, examines the plot, key themes, including postcolonialism, utopia, power, the supernatural, reconciliation and love. It also has a detailed analysis of the key characters including Prospero, Miranda, Ariel and Caliban amongst others. The series has been designed to help you through your A Level and to prepare you for your exams.