Date & time

Thu, 17 Nov 2022
10:45 - 15:45


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

Ticket price

£22 + VAT @20%* *Plus one complimentary staff ticket per ten students

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.

Simon Avery

About 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.

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.

Sean McEvoy

About 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).