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Jekyll and Hyde in 4 Things …

This series of blog posts is inspired by some of the work I have been doing on my PhD and in particular Andrea Arnold’s film version of Wuthering Heights. I have just finished reading a chapter from a book by Deborah Lutz called ‘The Bronte Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects”, a chapter which describes the Bronte’s fascination with… Continue reading Jekyll and Hyde in 4 Things …

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Comparing Nineteenth century fiction with Contemporary Young Adult fiction

  Images: http://www.gramunion.com/monamay.tumblr.com/149125847167; https://mattbredmond.com/2012/01/20/the-house-of-truth-and-the-hearth-of-kindness/   Studying 19th century fiction is also an exciting exploration of changing styles, contexts, characters and narrative trajectories. Take the following two extracts. The first from Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte’s bildungsroman charting the development of the eponymous protagonist as she negotiates her way through various residences, relationships and revelations. The second is… Continue reading Comparing Nineteenth century fiction with Contemporary Young Adult fiction

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Of Windows and (Imaginary) Walking in Jane Eyre

Men in 19th century literature like walking. For some, like Wordsworth, it was not only a spur to prick the sides of his imaginative intent, but also a tactile reaction to the creeping industrialisation that took humans further each day away from nature; for others, like some of Charles Dickens’ characters, they walked because they… Continue reading Of Windows and (Imaginary) Walking in Jane Eyre

AQA · AQA new specification · For Pupils · Reading skills · Teaching Ideas

Using images to practise summary and synthesis skills for Lang paper 2 question 2

Updated November 2017: the link to the resources is now here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/dojccihmctyepyh/Comparing%20images.pptx?dl=0 A short blog on paper 2 skills. On a recent visit to a school, one of the English teachers talked about how they are using images to help develop synthesis and summary skills for paper 2. Inspired by this, I’ve put together a… Continue reading Using images to practise summary and synthesis skills for Lang paper 2 question 2

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Film, travel writing and the flaneuse.

What is the connection between travel writing, film and the flâneuse? I’ve been looking at some examples of women’s travel writing from the nineteenth century as well as more recent examples. Two of these I have included in a link below and I have also put together some examination type questions which will be good… Continue reading Film, travel writing and the flaneuse.

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Travel Writing for GCSE English Language Paper 2

In the summer, I came across Rebecca Lowe’s compelling account of her recent bicycle ride across Europe and the Middle East: you can read her fascinating blog, The Bicycle Diaries, here. Her writing is evocative, personal but also accessible. Some of the content might be a little adult, so a little editing might be in… Continue reading Travel Writing for GCSE English Language Paper 2