English Literature - AS Literature Summer Homework

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English Literature - AS Literature Summer Homework

    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.

    Summer Task

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 writers 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’




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

     In Britain


    Parliament Section 28 of the Education Act 1988

Literary Criticism

    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


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