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  • A Level English Literature (Linear) at Stockton Sixth Form College

    In your first year of A level English Literature at Stockton Sixth Form College we will be reading and study texts that will prepare you for the OCR English Literature Linear A level. The first module of study is Comparative and Contextual Study. At Stockton Sixth Form we have chosen The Gothic as an area of literature to concentrate on.

    • Week 1

      Making its debut in the late 18th century, Gothic fiction was a branch of the larger Romantic movement that sought to stimulate strong emotions in the reader – fear, apprehension and thrills in this case. Gothic fiction places heavy emphasis on atmosphere, using setting and diction to build suspense and a sense of unease in the reader. Common subject matter includes the supernatural, family curses, mystery, sexuality and madness.

    • Week 2Comparative and Contextual Study: The Gothic

      The Exam Paper: 2hr 30 mins; Total marks 60; Answer 2 questions.

      This is an example of the June 2017 exam paper for this module. Remember we are studying the Gothic, so the questions you need to consider are questions 3 and 4,a,b,c.