AS English Literature Summer Homework
Students will need to purchase the two set texts pictured below. Please make sure you
choose the correct editions. In September your classroom teacher will advise you which novel you will also need to purchase as a set text.
Top Girls - Caryl Churchill
A Streetcar Named Desire – Tennessee Williams
You will also need to buy yourself an A4 hardcover journal (either lined or plain pages)
in which to record your summer homework and all your wider reading across the year.
1. You will be expected to read The Handmaids’ Tale by Margaret Atwood and The
Woman Who Walked into Doors by Roddy Doyle by the start of September. You
should also have read Small Island by Andrea Levy and The World’s Wife by Carol
Ann Duffy by January and should make notes on all of these texts in your Reading Journal. You can then choose to use one of these texts for the extended activity below or work with any other from the attached reading list.
2. When you return to school after the holidays your first sessions for AS will involve
presenting the notes you have made from the activity below:
Choose one text from the attached reading list and read it over the summer. Use your
A4 hardcover journal to record your notes using the following prompts:
*Title, writer, date, genre.
*Brief summary and key themes.
*In what ways does the writer express his thoughts about the struggle for modern identity? You should include any issues of race, gender, culture and sexuality, family etc here.
* How does the writer engage and interest you as a reader in his thoughts about the struggle for modern identity? You should include general notes on the use of form,
structure and language here.
*Which episode or extract from the text has had the greatest impact on you? What made it so striking for you as a reader? Choose one specific extract from the text,
annotate it for the writer’s use of form, structure and language and be prepared to share it with the class in your first lesson.
*How does the text you have chosen reflect issues in other texts that you have read? You should make links to any other poems, plays or novels you have read that include similar themes here.
You can use any note taking method that works for you eg. spidergrams, bullet points, mindmaps.
AS English Literature Reading List
‘The Struggle for Identity in Modern Literature’
TEXTS IN BOLD ARE SET TEXTS AND SHOULD BE READ BY THE START OF
THE COURSE OR JANUARY AS DETAILED ON THE SUMMER HOMEWORK SHEET
Andrea Ashworth Once in a House on Fire
Margaret Atwood The Handmaid’s Tale
Angela Carter Wise Children Kiran Desai Hullaballoo in the Guava Orchard Roddy Doyle The Woman Who Walked into Doors Michael Frayn Spies
David Guterson Snow Falling on Cedars Jackie Kay Trumpet
Toni Morrison Beloved
DBC Pierre Vernon God Little
Alice Walker The Color Purple Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart James Baldwin Go Tell it On the Mountain Nadine Gordimer July’s People
Radclyffe Hall The Well of Loneliness Zora neale Hurston Their Eyes were watching God Andrea Levy Small Island
Arundhati Roy The God of Small Things Robert Tressell The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropist Irvine Welsh Trainspotting Jeanette Winterson Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Richard Wright Native Son
Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse 5
Brendan Behan The Hostage
Sudhar Bhuchar Child of the Divide Jim Cartwright Road
Claire Dowie Why is John Lennon Wearing a Skirt? Brian Friel Dancing at Lughnasa
Making History Lorraine Hansberry A Raisin in the Sun Sarah Kane Complete Plays Tony Kushner Angels in America Martin McDonagh Beauty Queen of Leenane Sean O’Casey Three Dublin Plays
Arthur Miller Death of a Salesman Mark Ravenhill Citizenship Ntozake Shange Shange Plays 1
Wole Soyinka Death and the King’s Horseman
Timberlake Wertenbaker Our Country’s Good
International Connections New Plays for Young People (contributor Jackie Kay)
Simon Armitage Dead Sea Poems
W.H Auden Funeral Blues, Refugee Blues Gillian Clarke Letter from a Far Country Carol Ann Duffy The World’s Wife
Allan Ginsberg Howl
Langston Hughes Collected Poems
Jackie Kay Life Mask
Liz Lockhead Dreaming Frankenstein & Collected Poems Audre Lorde Any poems
Grace Nichols The Fat Black Woman’s Poems
Adrienne Rich The School Among the Ruins Lemn Sissay Morning Breaks in the Elevator Gertrude Stein Tender Buttons Alice Walker Revolutionary Petunias and other poems Benjamin Zephaniah Too Black, too strong Edited Lemn Sissay The Fire People
Maya Angelou I know Why the Caged Bird Sings Diana Southani The Trials of Radclyffe Hall
Silvia Calamati Women’s Stories from the North of Ireland
Bobby Sands Skylark Sing Your Lonely Song Malcolm X Malcolm X Talks to Young People Alice Walker The Same River Twice: Honoring Difficult
Salman Rushdie The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey
History/Cultural Commentary/Essays and Speeches
David Beresford Ten Men Dead:The Story of the 1981 Hunger Strike Beverly Bryan, Suzanne Scafe
and Stella Dadzie The Heart of the Race
Germaine Greer The Female Eunuch
Martin Luther King I Have a Dream: Writing and Speeches
Adhaf Soueif Mezzaterra-Fragments from the Common Ground Amrit Wilson Dreams, Questions, Struggles. South Asian Women
Parliament Section 28 of the Education Act 1988
Ralph Ellison Shadow and Act
Dolly A. McPherson Order out of Chaos: The Autobiographical works
Of Maya Angelou
Kate Millet Sexual Politics
Amrit Wilson Finding a Voice: Asian Women in Britain Richard Wright Blueprint for Negro Writing
Jeremy Hawthorn ed. The British Working Class Novel in the Twentieth