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Connell Guides is holding an intensive revision day for A Level English Literature students aiming for an A or A*. The keynote speaker at this first revision Boot Camp will be John Mullan, Professor of English at University College London and one of Britain’s leading literary critics. We will also be holding seminars run by experienced tutors on contemporary literary fiction.

Our revision day will be putting particular emphasis on:

- the need to understand different critical approaches -
- the importance of context
- how to select and use key quotations in essays
We will be helping students understand contemporary literary theories so they can think independently about their set texts – and write original interpretations about them in their exam.

Timetable for the day:

9am Registration and teas & coffees
9:30 - 10:30am Literary Theory: A crash-course
Theories include: Psychoanalysis, Post-colonialism, Gender & Feminism, Marxism and Deconstructionism
10:30 - 10:45am Tea break & refreshments
10:45 - 11:45am (re)Interpreting Shakespeare: Contemporary theories & critics
Lecture by Professor John Mullan, Head of English, UCL
11:45am - 12:45pm Seminars on set texts (options include: Hamlet, King Lear, Twelfth Night, Merchant of Venice, Othello). Tutors will be on hand to ask questions and facilitate discussion.

12:45-1:30pm Lunch 1:30 - 2:30pm Contemporary literature: Issues of our time
2:30 - 3:30pm Seminars on set texts (options include: Never Let Me Go, Spies, The Road, Atonement, Birdsong, The Handmaid’s Tale). Tutors will be on hand to ask questions and facilitate discussion.
3:30 - 3:45pm Tea break & refreshments
3:45 - 4:45pm How to write an A* essay in your exam
4:45 - 5pm Q&A Session

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