Tragedies are stories of misery, madness and murder. So why read (and watch) tragedy? It is one of literature’s most popular and enduring genres, but what possible enjoyment can an audience get from watching characters in the depths of despair? What does tragedy tell us about human existence? What does tragedy actually mean? In this series, we will examine all the different aspects of Tragedy and how you can apply it to your English Literature A Level. Written by Alan Scott, who is a senior examiner, it will provide you with the debate, analysis and examples of great tragedy.
English Literature A Level and GCSE Audio Tutorials
Whether you are teaching or studying English Literature, our audio tutorial series have been designed to provide you with all the analysis required at both GCSE and A Level. Written by those who have a real passion and understanding of their subject, each series goes into detail across the core components of what needs to be taught and learnt, giving you an alternative and complementary resource to help you achieve success both inside and outside the classroom. As with all our series, the wonderfully flexible medium of audio brings the texts to life in a unique way and makes preparing for class, researching for an essay or even studying for the exam an absolute pleasure!
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.