AQA ENGLISH LITERATURE A2 SPECIFICATION A LOVE THROUGH THE AGES OVERVIEW This pack contains the following 1.

Overview of the course 2. Reading list, including list of texts to buy 3. Holiday homework As well as this, today you will receive a poetry anthology which you should start reading over the summer. All the information you have been given today can be found on the blog, www.lovethroughtheages.blogspot.com There are TWO modules, one tested by exam and one tested by coursework. COURSEWORK = 40% ONE ESSAY - Compares THREE texts – Macbeth, On Chesil Beach and The World’s Wife. - 3000 words long, due in Easter 2011. EXAM = 60% ONE TWO AND A HALF-HOUR EXAM. TWO QUESTIONS - First question asks you to read two unseen literature extracts on the theme of love, compare them to each other and compare them to your wider reading in the literature of love. The two extracts on this question will be from the same form – eg both poems, both extracts from plays, or both extracts from novels. - Second question asks you to do exactly the same. The two extracts on this question will be the two other types of form from the first question – eg, if the first question is two poems, this question will be a play compared to a novel. - NOTE: Unlike at AS, there is NO set text that is examined.

A2 READING LIST Just as at AS, the A2 course consists of a coursework module and an exam module. COURSEWORK TEXTS – COMPULSORY TO BUY AND READ There are THREE compulsory coursework texts. You must buy these texts. Carol Ann Duffy The World’s Wife The particular edition for this doesn’t matter. You should read this over the holidays. Ian McEwan On Chesil Beach The particular edition for this doesn’t matter. You should read this over the holidays. William Shakespeare Macbeth YOU MUST GET A GOOD EDITION OF THIS. You need an edition with notes and essays. Otherwise it will be very hard to understand! Good editions are the Arden version, or the Oxford or Cambridge School Shakespeare series. Bad editions are cheap Penguin Classics editions, or ones designed for GCSE/SATS students. If you check the blog (http://www.lovethroughtheages.blogspot.com/) I have put up links to good editions there. We will start reading this in the first term, so you must have a copy for the beginning of term. It’s difficult to read Shakespeare on your own – you can have a go if you want, but we don’t expect you to read it over the summer. It might be a good idea to get a film version and watch that. WIDER READING TEXTS – COMPULSORY TO READ For the exam module, you will need to read a range of wider reading, just as you did at AS. We will read lots in class and you should read widely in your spare time, but there are three texts everyone will need to read. It is not compulsory that you buy these books, simply that you read them, so you can get them from the library or buy one copy between three or four of you. Jeanette Winterson Oranges are Not the Only Fruit Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire Anthology of Love Poetry (We will provide you with this free of charge) WIDER READING TEXTS – FURTHER The following list has been given to us by the exam board as a suggestion of what your wider reading could include. You will not be expected to read all of these! We will also read plenty of extracts from these texts in class. It would be a good idea if you familiarized yourself with the names of these authors and selected one text to read in advance of the course. POETRY James Fenton (ed.), The New Faber Book of Love Poems Jon Stallworthy (ed.), The New Penguin Book of Love Poetry

PROSE Henry Fielding Tom Jones Laurence Sterne A Sentimental Journey Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice; Emma; Persuasion Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights Charles Dickens Great Expectations George Eliot Middlemarch Elizabeth Gaskell North and South Thomas Hardy Tess of the D’Urbervilles; Jude the Obscure James Joyce Dubliners; Ulysses DH Lawrence Sons and Lovers Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse Edith Wharton The Age of Innocence F Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby Angela Carter The Magic Toyshop John Fowles The French Lieutenant’s Woman Kazuo Ishiguro The Remains of the Day Hanif Kureishi The Buddha of Suburbia Ian McEwan Enduring Love Alice Walker The Colour Purple Richard Yates Revolutionary Road DRAMA William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew; Love’s Labours Lost; The Merry Wives of Windsor; Much Ado About Nothing; As You Like It; Othello; Measure for Measure; Anthony and Cleopatra John Ford Tis Pity She’s a Whore John Webster The White Devil William Congreve The Way of the World Oliver Goldsmith She Stoops to Conquer Sheridan The Rivals Henrik Ibsen A Doll’s House Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest Edward Albee Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Arthur Miller A View from the Bridge Brian Friel Translations Harold Pinter Betrayal Tom Stoppard The Invention of Love; The Real Thing

HOLIDAY HOMEWORK Compulsory tasks 1. Read On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan and The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy. 2. Complete the task below If you get the time 3. Begin reading and annotating the poetry anthology 4. Start on wider reading

That Women Are But Men's Shadows Ben Jonson Follow a shadow, it still flies you; Seem to fly it, it will pursue: So court a mistress, she denies you; Let her alone, she will court you. Say, are not women truly then Styled but the shadows of us men? At morn and even shades are longest, At noon they are or short or none; So men at weakest, they are strongest, But grant us perfect, they're not known. Say, are not women truly then Styled but the shadows of us men?

Write a 500 word analysis of this poem’s presentation of love. Consider: • The writer’s presentation of men and women and the relationships between them • The writer’s choice of words and phrases • Any other poems or texts you feel this can be compared to.