For those of you who missed Friday 9th June’s lesson.
Covers relevant questions for our poetry, prose fiction and drama texts.
A fantastic blog post from a PhD student and teacher at Edinburgh, giving advice on how to write successful critical essays at undergraduate level – not far off the expectations for this Advanced Higher course.
Tomorrow, we’ll be completing a lit. study essay – it will be open book, so notes/plans/books are allowed. The question is:
“Drama explores the local and the universal . . .”
Discuss some of the principal means by which a playwright explores the “local and the universal” in any two plays.
Points to consider:
- Old vs New South and how this is represented in the plays.
- Homosexuality and attitudes to this – how the dramas mirror this.
- Gender roles within the plays.
- Mendacity in relation to sexuality/gender – how is it relevant and/or or necessary?
All in all, the response should analyse the texts, but also explore how Williams uses them to make wider comments about society.
Below are some readings which will be helpful in developing your understanding and analysis:
Here are the notes for today’s lesson – please ensure that when reading these, you use the play and develop your own interpretation and analysis. Remember, these notes are a suggested guide to guide your own evaluation of the texts.