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English Literature


Key Stage 5 Overview

  • A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams- we explore the tragedy of Blanche Dubois and the destruction of the most famous ‘Southern Belle.’
  • Mean Time by Carol Ann Duffy- an opportunity to grapple with an exciting and emotive collection from our former Poet Laureate, covering childhood, love, loss and grief.
  • The Whitsun Weddings by Philip Larkin. Once termed ‘the saddest heart in the post-war supermarket’, our students enjoy the challenge of Larkin’s characteristic and often humorously dark pessimism. They then endeavour to compare the thematic concerns of these two poets.
  • The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster- we have chosen a perfectly tragic Jacobean comparative piece to compare to A Streetcar Named Desire, with corruption, deceit and the staggering abuse of power in 16th century Italy.
  • The Tempest by William Shakespeare. This is a poignant interrogation of his last play, his farewell to stage and provides our students with an exciting combination of the best of all the elements of Shakespearean stagecraft.