Literature Studies Site

Individual Study Resources for A2 Coursework


This page will give you links to a number of internet resources to support A2 Coursework individual study projects.

This contains quite a lot of very useful advice about the whole process of reading, research and essay writing. It's a useful guide for your A2 coursework essay.
Post Colonial Literature. A range of links with material on African and Indian Post Colonial Literature can be found on this site's Post Colonial page.
James Joyce: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. This is a useful site, which gives helpful notes on the text as well as an insight into a range of critical responses to the novel.
Aldous Huxley: Brave New World. This is a wacky site sponsored by a group which promotes 'paradise engineering', with links to pages about drugs and drug use, but the critique of Huxley's novel is nevertheless interesting.
Some useful background material to some of the issues in Brave New World can be found in the Topics section of this page.
An on-line exhibition from the New York Public Library, which gives an excellent cultural and historical overview of the philosophical idea of Utopianism.
This page provides links to several sites which concentrate on Utopianism in Literature.
Iain Banks. The official Banks site, which is worth exploring, though some of the message board entries are banal in the extreme and little to do with Banks or his novels.
Although this interview with Iain Banks largely concerns his later novels, it is still very interesting and useful even if you're more concerned with his earlier work.
Katherine Mansfield: quite a useful site with links to etexts of many of the stories as well as considerations of the nature of her fiction. Some of the material on the first page and the Rereading link is fairly banal, but the Explorations link is more profitable, while the Links link opens up much more - stories and other sites.
Disgrace: this link provides a table of reviews of Coetzee's novel from magazines and newspapers. While many of the links appear dead, there are still a useful number which are live.
The British Council website's section on Nadine Gordimer is a good starting point for study, placing her firmly in the South African political context.
The second link is to the Nobel Prize site, which consider's Gordimer's role in criticising and campaigning against apartheid.
Things Fall Apart: many critics have been intersted in the role of women in Achebe's fiction and in this novel in particular. These three links will provide some useful reading. The last is from the Post Colonial Web.