Hello folks,

Hope the holiday is going well, and that you’re getting a chance to relax amid all the work you’re obviously doing.

Still waiting on dissertations coming through from a number of people – you know who you are. I am more than happy to give advice and assistance, provided you give me time to do it. If you send it to me on Sunday expecting feedback by Monday morning, you will be disappointed.

On Monday, we will be completing our fly-leafs (fly-leaves? Who knows.) for the dissertations. I need EVERYONE to bring in the following:

  • A digital copy of their dissertation, with a COVER and FULL LIST OF REFERENCES – see examples below.
  • A printed copy of the above, which you have checked over so very, very carefully.
  • Cakes, to celebrate (optional).

Example Bibliography

Example cover

Dissertation Examples and Guides

Here’s the example dissertation we have discussed in class, which you all have a paper copy of – obviously the content is great (30 out of 30), but also note how the quotations and footnotes appear.

AI Dissertation for copying

Here’s the dissertation guide that you all also have a copy of too, to answer any last minute queries.

Advanced Higher English Dissertation Guide

Reminder that, unless I have spoken to you about this, the deadline for your FINAL draft is Friday 31st March. If you’re concerned you won’t meet this deadline, then speak to me BEFORE Friday.

Tennessee Williams – Critical Reading

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:

guilbert Queering and Dequeering Streetcar


gata_A tenderness

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Context

The context of the plays and when they were written is important to our interpretation of them – be sure that, like Plath, you avoid generalisations within this, and are specific should it form part of your analysis in lit. study responses.

PowerPoint below, with the research you should be completing:


Article Person-to-Person: Tennessee Williams to be read as part of this: