Hello, new Advanced Highers!

As ever, I’m looking forward to geeking out with this class over the next year.

Our texts this year will be:

  • Poetry: Sylvia Plath’s nature poetry (booklet here)
  • Prose: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
  • Drama: A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

I would recommend you all buy your own copy of these texts – for the Ibsen plays, a good one is the Bloomsbury Student edition.

In the meantime, some reminders about deadlines (already, I know):

Dissertation

  • Dissertation texts and topic decided on: before summer holidays
  • Dissertation primary texts read: August 2019
  • Dissertation draft 1: Friday 11th October 2019
  • Dissertation draft 2: Friday 15th November 2019
  • Dissertation draft 3: January 2020

Suggested texts for dissertation (very helpful):

SUGGESTIONS FOR DISSERTATIONS TEXTS

 

Literary Study texts

  • Prose texts read: August 2019
  • Drama texts read: January 2019

 

Portfolio

  • Draft deadlines: throughout year
  • Final draft: Friday 3rd April 2020

 

Below are the handouts given out so far, in case yours go astray:

Dissertation Guide

Dissertation Making notes

Advanced Higher English Course Guide

Advanced Higher English Dissertation Guide

 

 

 

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Prose Literary Study Feedback

Hello dears,

Some feedback on your lit. study responses from last week:

  • Ensure you are specific in your introductions – it’s not enough to say that a variety of techniques are used, give us examples.
  • There’s a lack of quotes in some of the responses – you should know these texts inside out by now, and should aim to quote extensively in your essays.
  • Consider how the writers’ depiction of their characters, etc. impacts us as a reader, particularly in our feelings towards them, and our relationship with the narrator. For example, Jane’s depiction of the isolation she faces at Gateshead immediately create sympathy for her – does that also, perhaps, encourage us to find her a more reliable narrator than a less sympathetic character?
  • Still need to be more comparative in your analysis of both texts – explore fully the similarities and differences in your response to the question.
  • Technical accuracy, folks – this is most decidedly not optional. Miss a line between paragraphs; actually take new paragraphs; check your punctuation, especially after a quote – unless it’s embedded in a sentence, you need a capital letter after it; PHRASING – please, please, please read over what you’ve written. There’s a few examples of nonsensical ramblings here.
  • Conclusions are important – reiterate your evaluative stance and overall argument, and summarise the points you’ve made. LEAVE TIME TO DO THIS.
  • Some of you need to watch your handwriting (you know who you are). I realise I’m old, so therefore have rubbish eyesight, but if they can’t read it, they can’t mark it.

REVISE. Any questions, let me know. For my own amusement, I’ve also included a photo of Sophia, who is concerned about the depth of your analysis:

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Thursday

Just a reminder that you should have completed all four literary study plans AND have revised them, as you will be answering one of them under FULL EXAM CONDITIONS (I’m writing in capital letters, so you know this is serious). I will also be asking to see all four plans to ensure you’ve done them.

Any questions before then, let me know.

Literary Study questions – Prose

Hi folks,

Have plans completed for the following questions for Thursday 26th April – you’ll write one of them under FULL EXAM CONDITIONS then.

  • Compare and contrast the treatment of love in any two novels.
  • Discuss the ways in which themes of isolation and/or estrangement are explored in two novels or three short stories.
  • “It is the alienation of the individual which pervades …fiction.” Discuss with reference to any two novels.
  • Compare and contrast the treatment of the “darkness of marriage” in any two novels.

The three stage structure we discussed is below:

Comparing Texts for Literary Study and Dissertation

Jane Eyre/Rebecca Lit Study Presentations

I was impressed by these, guys. Use them to aid your revision for Monday.

External Retraints – Erin

Discuss the thematic significance of social status in – Kyle

The role and function of the principle female Ben

social issues catherine

Love in jane eyre and rebecca

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Prelim Revision Task

You will be assigned ONE of the below questions and plan a response today. You will use that plan to present a response to the class on Wednesday 10th January.

1.“The novel can deal unflinchingly with the social issues of the day.” Discuss with reference to any two novels. Catherine

2.Discuss the extent to which the principal characters in two novels are limited by the external constraints placed upon them. Erin

3.Discuss the ways in which themes of isolation and/or estrangement are explored in two novels. Kael

4.Compare and contrast the role and function of the principal female characters in two novels. Ben

5.Discuss some of the principal means by which tension is created and sustained in any two novels.  Kirsty

6.Compare and contrast the treatment of love in any two novels. Anna

7.Discuss the thematic significance of social status in any two novels. Kyle

8.Discuss the effectiveness of the exploration of identity in any two novels. Eliza

Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines

Okay, when the next batch of your work is due:

Monday 8th January 2018

  • Third draft of your dissertations
  • Second draft of your first folio piece.

 

Friday 12th January 2018

  • First draft of your second folio piece.

 

Monday 15th Janury 2018

  • Prelim! Please have revised both Plath’s poetry and Jane Eyre/Rebecca, as well as textual analysis techniques.

Rebecca – Critical Reading

Hello dears,

Some articles for you to cast your eyes over, including an exemplar dissertation (from the old Advanced Higher course, so word limit was 4500).

Please have these read for Friday 8th December.

Daphne du Maurier and the Gothic tradition

Echoes in Gothic Romance – Stylistic Similarities Between Jane Eyre and Rebecca

English-Dissertation-Final

How Daphne du Maurier wrote Rebecca

Literary greats Rebecca – Love, paranoia, obsession

Nightmares, mirrors and possession in Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca

The Jane Eyre- Myth in Jane Eyre, Rebecca and Nine Coaches Waiting