Spotlight on English Literature Coursework

To fulfil the NEA component in A Level English Literature, students undertake a close reading analysis of Tennessee Williams’ tragic drama ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’. They are encouraged to explore the ways in which language, form and structure informs inferences and shapes textual meaning whilst utilising a variety of analytical methods. This coursework unit also enables students to hone their literary expression through practising the art of coherent, fluent and critical writing. The most common concepts discussed this year are gender, societal constructs and violence. In addition, students compared and contrasted Arundhati Roy’s ‘The God of Small Things’ with Daljit Nagra’s ‘Look We Have Coming to Dover!’ This larger unit is composed of an investigation into the textual presentations of the influence of society on the self. Students explore the significance and influence of the contexts in which these literary texts are written and received as well as different readings or ways of reading the texts.