About this day
For A-level students of the AQA B Specification
During this illuminating and thought-provoking programme, four leading experts will offer students comprehensive support by delving into the literary, social and international perspectives of this A-level option. Guaranteed to motivate and inspire, this eye-opening day will equip students with essential insights and guidance to enable them to achieve their very best in the examination. Over the course of the day, topics will include Shakespearian tragedy, how to define the tragic genre and tragic subgenres, and how to compare and link texts across different genres and times.
Programme & speakers
Reworking tragedy: old forms for new contexts Simon Avery, University of Westminster
Concepts of tragedy have been continually reworked across the centuries in order to deal with new pressing issues and concerns. Drawing on set texts, this session will explore inherited conventions of tragedy in the novels of Thomas Hardy and F.Scott Fitzgerald.
About Dr Simon Avery
Dr Simon Avery is Reader in nineteenth-century literature and culture at the University of Westminster, where he teaches courses on fiction and poetry from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His most recent publication is an anthology of queer love poetry from Sappho to the present, Hand in Hand With Love (2023).
So what is tragedy? Some ideas and theories. Sean McEvoy, University of Cambridge
Dr Sean McEvoy talks through some of the ways in which philosophers and critics have tried to describe what tragedy is, illustrated by examples from the AQA B A-Level course.
About Dr Sean McEvoy
Dr Sean McEvoy taught Literature in a Brighton sixth-form college for many years. He is currently a Bye Fellow of Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge. His books include Tragedy: A Student Handbook (EMC, 2009) and Tragedy: The Basics (Routledge, 2017).
Tragedy in Shakespeare Nick Hutchison, Actor, Director and Lecturer
Nick Hutchison will explore Shakespearean tragedy, focusing on the role of the tragic villain, use of plots and sub-plots and how language is used to heighten the sense of tragedy. He will draw on Othello, Richard II and King Lear.
About Nick Hutchison
Nick Hutchison is an actor, director and lecturer who has directed Shakespeare’s plays across the globe. He lectures for Shakespeare’s Globe, LAMDA, RADA and universities worldwide on Elizabethan and Jacobean Theatre, specialising in theatre performance derived from close textual analysis. As an actor he has worked in film, TV, theatre and radio, including for the Royal Shakespeare Company and in films including About A Boy, Miss Potter, 102 Dalmatians, Fierce Creatures, The Bounty and Restoration.
Keats' Tragic Poems Marcello Giovanelli, Reader in Literary Linguistics, Aston University
In this talk, Marcello will explore tragedy in the context of Keats’ poetry. He will look at the nature of tragic characters and stories in Keats’ work and examine these in the light of Keats’ concerns with dreams, love and lovers, and the imagination.
About Dr Marcello Giovanelli
Dr Marcello Giovanelli is Reader in Literary Linguistics at Aston University, where he teaches and researches stylistics and cognitive poetics. He is Chair of Examiners for A-level English Language and Literature at a major awarding body.