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. We are delighted to announce that former Chief Examiner Stella Canwell MBE will be chairing the day.
Programme & speakers
Tragedy in Shakespeare Nick Hutchison, Actor, Director and Lecturer
Nick Hutchison will explore different approaches to Shakespearian tragedy, focusing on the textual clues in the script, issues of staging and the role of the audience. 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 and at universities worldwide and on Jacobean Theatre for LAMDA and RADA.
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 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.
Conflicting Visions Jon Rich, A-level examiner and teacher
Jon Rich will explore presentations of aspects of tragedy in terms of literary genres and of the tensions produced by the conflict between expectation and what actually happens.
About Jon Rich
Jon Rich taught English and Classical Civilisation for many years. He has been a Senior Examiner for A-level English Literature for over thirty years and is also a Moderator for NEA and Examiner for Classical Civilisation.
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 Pamela Bickley
Dr Pamela Bickley is an English subject expert with decades of English Literature teaching experience at A-level and undergraduate level. She is the author of a number of books on Shakespeare, early modern drama and contemporary fiction. She is a trustee of the English Association.