Subject

26

Date & time

Mon, 26 Nov 2018
10:45 - 15:45

Venue

Emmanuel Centre, London
9 - 23 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 3DW

Ticket price

£23 + VAT* *Plus one complimentary staff ticket per ten students

About this day

For A-level students of the OCR specification

Expert speakers will explore the literary, historical and social perspectives of this OCR A-level option, offering comprehensive strategies for approaching set texts and providing students with invaluable insights and helpful guidance to help them achieve success in the examination. Students will enjoy relevant and lively sessions on Shakespeare’s plays, on comparing texts across time and genre and on contexts in Jacobean theatre and pre-1900 poetry.  This programme will explore a range of relevant and fascinating themes which can be applied across all set texts, addressing different interpretations of these literary texts. We are delighted that Dr Anna Beer from the University of Oxford will chair the day and give an invaluable session on exam technique.

Programme & speakers

Comparing texts: poetry and drama Anna Beer, University of Oxford

This lecture will focus on the themes of sexuality and conflict, drawing on Milton and Marlowe, and highlighting contextual and cultural influences. She will explore connections between the texts and provide invaluable advice for writing a comparative essay.

Anna Beer

About Anna Beer

Author, lecturer and biographer Dr Anna Beer is Visiting Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford University. She has published widely and also contributed to a key OCR text book. She is an experienced A-level examiner for OCR.

 

 

 

Interpreting Shakespeare's characters Nick Hutchison, Actor, Director and Lecturer

Drawing on the set texts, Nick Hutchison will explore Shakespeare’s use of language and dramatic effects, considering how his plays have been interpreted by different audiences over time and stimulating students’ grasp of how he presents characters in their chosen play.

Nick Hutchison

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 and at universities worldwide and on Jacobean Theatre for LAMDA and RADA.

Cultural and contextual influences in Victorian literature Simon Avery, University of Westminster

Simon Avery is an expert on nineteenth century literature and culture.  This enlightening session will focus on Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and selected poems by Rossetti – more details to follow.

Simon Avery

About Simon Avery

Dr Simon Avery is Reader in Modern Literature and Culture at the University of Westminster, where he teaches courses on fiction and poetry from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Gender, rank and status James Knowles, Royal Holloway, University of London

Discover contexts and comparisons between the set texts, focusing on gender, rank and status in pre-modern societies and drawing on Chaucer and Webster. Students will be able to apply what they have learned to their own chosen texts and there will be an opportunity for questions.

James Knowles

About James Knowles

Professor James Knowles is Dean of Arts and Social Science at Royal Holloway, University of London, having previously been Vice-Dean of Research and Professor of Renaissance Literature and Culture at Brunel University.  He specialises in early modern literature and culture (1500-1700) and has published widely on early modern drama, especially Jonson, Marlowe, Marston, Middleton, and Shakespeare. He is an internationally recognised expert on the court masque and civic pageantry and has written on literary and cultural geographies, orientalism, patronage and collecting, manliness and sexuality, verse libel and manuscript culture. He also retains a wider interest in gender, sexualities, and book culture including modern and contemporary gay writing and queer theory.

 

Exam technique Anna Beer, University of Oxford

Anna Beer will provide invaluable hints and tips on tackling the exam, including how to extract guidance from the questions and how best to address the Assessment Objectives.

Anna Beer

About Anna Beer

Author, lecturer and biographer Dr Anna Beer is Visiting Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford University. She has published widely and also contributed to a key OCR text book. She is an experienced A-level examiner for OCR.