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Daughter and Dystopian Litarature

Daughter's reading list for A level English Literature includes (though is not limited to) a section on Dystopian Literature: An Introduction:

Burgess - A Clockwork Orange
Orwell - Animal Farm AND 1984
Collins - Mockingjay
James - The Children of Men
Roth - Divergent
Mitchell - Cloud Atlas
Atwood - The Handmaid's Tale
Dick - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
McCarthy - The Road

And The Giver by Lois Lowry which I have never heard of.

Pity she's not going to read any of them for her A level as she has switched to Further Mathematics. I was quite looking forward to discussing these with her.


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13th Sep, 2016 15:23 (UTC)
Abi would have loved that list! Sadly, they had a much more pedestrian selection of books, and I think she never wants to hear the name "Paradise Lost" again ;-)
13th Sep, 2016 15:37 (UTC)
That's quite a long list. When I did A level English literature, I had a much shorter list for the whole thing. The White Devil and Henry IV pt 2; Under Milk Wood and poetry of Wordsworth; and Paradise Lost books 1 and 2. I think that was it. This was the 'B' stream selection; the 'A' stream selection included - if I remember correctly - both Austen and Dickens and was, to my mind, much less interesting!!

I wonder how many fans could do the A level without further study? When I was in Grimsby, a chap we know was doing a degree at Hull University around SF in the media, and Penny and I were pretty sure we could have sat the paper without doing ANY additional research to what we already knew - !
13th Sep, 2016 17:38 (UTC)
She's switched to Further Maths? Wow!
13th Sep, 2016 19:14 (UTC)
That's a good list. There's a 'Science & Society' theme for the new EdExcel spec too, which has an option for comparative writing on Dystopian fiction (Shelley v Atwood). It's a very popular genre with students.
13th Sep, 2016 20:41 (UTC)
I'd consider it a bullet dodged but I'm not at all fond of Distopian themes in literature (or films, for that matter - bring on the happy bouncy songs and slapstick chase scenes!)

13th Sep, 2016 22:39 (UTC)
The Giver fits in nicely with the rest of them, and is worth a read.

Nothing says that she *can't* read those on her own.
14th Sep, 2016 09:49 (UTC)
That's a cool list. But Further Maths is cool too.

(Somewhere I still have my 'A' level reading list for English. I'm pretty certain I've still not read all of it.)
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