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We have created this interactive page to give you a sense of what studying English Literature at Andover College is like. Scroll down to delve into the Shakespearean Focus activities put together by our lecturer Susannah!
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As an English Literature student at Andover College you will study and examine a variety of classic literary texts, including novels, plays and poetry. These will range in their period, content and approach providing greater opportunity for critique and examination of similarities/differences. Texts you could be studying will vary from Shakespeare through to 20th century writers such as Margaret Atwood or George Orwell.
In order to introduce you to studying English Literature at Andover College the department has put together a collection of resources for you to get started with focusing on the Shakespearean play - Twelfth Night!
During the first lockdown The National Theatre streamed past performances through YouTube and recently Twelfth Night, featuring Tamsin Greig was on the bill! Take a look below!
Once you have watched the play please read through the resources below and create your own review. You could focus on an individual character or performance or perhaps the play in general .
Tamsin Greig on Twelfth Night: 'The self-judgement of women is awful' - here.
Now that you are more familiar with the source material try your hand at the creative arts challenge below!
Creative Arts: Shakespearean Shipwreck
We would like you to create your own Shakespearean Shipwreck! This can be using any medium you prefer, such as, diagrams, textile, models, creative writing, computer generated graphics and more! Be as creative as you can - this clever individual created a cake version of the shipwreck!
You will find below a collection of resources to download that you may find helpful in your exploration of the text, including important quotes and National Theatre Workbooks!
Introduction to the Genre
English Literature Activities
English Literature Resources
- Download national-theatre-at-home-twelfth-night-cast-list.pdf.1 [69KB]}
- Download national-theatre-at-home-twelfth-night-resource-pack.pdf.1 [380.2KB]}
- Download quotes for the board.docx [14.4KB]}
- Download A Level English Literature enrolment task OG.docx [49.3KB]}
- Download shakespeare and genre.pptx [1.6MB]}
Eager to learn more? Take a look at these additional activities to keep your skills sharp!
Write an analytical response to the following statement:
‘Kill Bill: why we must take Shakespeare out of the classroom’ - Shakespeare wrote to put money in his pocket, food on the table and fire in the bellies of his audiences, not strike modern teenagers with fear. Most of Shakespeare's audiences were illiterate. His words were chosen to be spoken or heard, not to be read and deadened behind a desk – they wither when performance is removed.’
You can argue for or against (or even take the middle ground and argue both!) You should aim to write 500 words. Source here.
Also, The Open University has a variety of free online courses available in an array of different subjects. Take a look at the catalogue to choose your course! Here.
A Level in English Literature (2 Years)
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You should read the plot overview for BOTH 12th Night and the Tempest, and then make a plot Venn diagram - Plot points for 12th Night on one side and The Tempest on the other - anything that occurs in both should go in the overlapping section.
Use these SparkNotes to help you: