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Literature in English (Pre-U) *FEES PAYABLE* at Oundle School

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Studying Literature is nothing short of studying life. In the pages of great books exist every kind of character, experience and emotion there is. In encountering these things, the reader is exposed to infinitely more situations than he or she could ever witness directly, is shown what the world looks like to different people in different circumstances and is challenged to consider (and maybe even reconsider) his or her own beliefs and values. Studying the Pre-U Literature in English course, pupils are introduced to a wide range of novels, plays and poems from the medieval period to the present day. They are asked to think about their own responses to these texts as well as how the texts have been read by other people. Pupils develop important skills of close analysis, reasoned judgement and detailed and confident argument whilst also increasing their sensitivity to how language is used to shape meaning. An irreducible qualification for undertaking this course is a genuine commitment to reading texts of different genres and styles. Equally important is a willingness to discuss these texts with others: class discussion is a central element in how the course is taught. Pupils have the opportunity to explore their own literary interests and enthusiasms in an extended coursework essay which they write in the Lent and Trinity Quarters of the Upper Sixth. This essay involves the kind of independent reading and research that is typical of, and is certainly useful preparation for, university study.


Paper 1 Poetry and Prose pre and post 1900 2 hours written examination [25%] Pupils will answer on one text written before 1900 and one text written after 1900.

Paper 2 Drama 2 hours written examination [25%] Pupils will answer two questions, each on a different text; one of these will be a Shakespeare play. Two questions are set on each text, one passage-based and one essay. Pupils will answer at least one passage-based question.

Paper 3 Comment and Analysis (Unseen) 2 ¼ hours written examination [25%] Pupils will write analytical responses to previously unseen passages.

Paper 4 Personal Investigation Externally marked comparative essay (3,000 - 3,500 words) [25%] The essay will involve significant comparisons between two authors.The essay will focus on two principal texts, but will draw on a selection of each pupil’s wider reading. The essay will be submitted at the start of the U6th Trinity Quarter.

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Last updated date: 14 November 2016
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