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.