About this day
For A-level students of the AQA B specification
A programme to inspire, support and entertain…..
Four expert speakers will explore the literary, social and international perspectives of this A-level option, offering comprehensive strategies for approaching set texts and providing students with invaluable insights and helpful guidance to help them achieve their very best in the examination.
Programme & speakers
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.
Comparing and Linking Texts Across Genre and Time Pamela Bickley, Lecturer, Teacher and Textbook Author
Dr Pamela Bickley will draw on the set drama texts (Shakespeare and Miller) to suggest connections across genre and time. She will consider how far ideas of tragedy are subject to change, drawing on a range of critical interpretations.
About Dr Pamela Bickley
Dr Pamela Bickley is an English subject expert and trustee of the English Association. She is the author of several books on Shakespeare, early modern drama and contemporary fiction.
Defining Tragedy, the Tragic Genre and Tragic Sub-genres Carol Leach, Examiner, Teacher and Textbook Author
Carol Leach will explore definitions and genres of tragedy in terms of literary style, focusing on the literary context for these tragic aspects and using a range of examples from some popular set texts.
About Carol Leach
Carol Leach is an A-level and GCSE examiner and teacher. She was Principal Examiner for AQA and OCR for 15 years and is an Ofqual specification reviewer for GCSE and A-Level English.
Reworking tragedy: old forms for new contexts Michael Meeuwis, University of Warwick
Michael will consider theories of tragedy, including accounts of the tragic flaw in Aristotle and Boethius. He will explore ways in which Thomas Hardy and F. Scott Fitzgerald reworked inherited conventions of tragedy in Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891) and The Great Gatsby (1925).
About Dr Michael Meeuwis
Dr Michael Meeuwis is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Warwick. His research interests include nineteenth-century British literature, Romantic and Victorian poetry and nineteenth-century drama and performance studies.