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Mrs P

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Of Mice and Men – revision videos

This is a link to the brilliant Of Mice and Men playlist by Mr Bruff. This features a range of videos which focus on different aspects of the novella.

Mr Bruff talks about key themes, characters and how to write top grade essays. He also gives tips about how to memorise quotations; remember that it’s a closed book exam so you will have to know key quotations.

Sonnet 116

This is a short podcast analysing Shakespeare’s ‘Sonnet 116’.

It is part of a series of podcasts exploring the Edexcel iGCSE English Literature anthology poems.

Fallen Women in Nineteenth Century Literature

This is a link to a short lecture on attitudes towards ‘fallen women’ in the Nineteenth Century, using examples from the poetry of Christina Rossetti. This lecture was delivered as part of a Lunchtime Lecture series.

This is aimed at students studying for the OCR A Level English Literature, Drama and Poetry Pre-1900 paper.

Introduction to Ibsen and ‘A Doll’s House’

This is a link to an interesting lecture by Dr Sophie Duncan (University of Oxford) recorded for MASSOLIT which introduces Ibsen’s life and times, his inspiration for the plot of A Doll’s House as well as how the play transitioned from the Scandinavian to the British stage.

There are lots of points which are useful for AO5 (interpretation) when answering the comparison question on the OCR A Level English Literature Drama and Poetry pre-1900 paper.

The Critical Reception of Christina Rossetti

This is a link to a really useful lecture by Dr Ross Wilson (University of Cambridge) recorded by MASSOLIT, which discusses the critical reception of the Victorian poet, Christina Rossetti.

There are lots of points which are useful for AO5 (interpretation) when answering the comparison question on the OCR A Level English Literature Drama and Poetry pre-1900 paper.