Part 3 – Literature: Texts and Contexts

To fully understand and appreciate literature, we need to consider the various contexts in which writers and readers exist. In this part of the course, we will explore literary texts (two at SL and three at HL) and their contexts, including an examination of genre, literary movements, and literary criticism.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Consider the changing historical, cultural and social contexts in which particular texts are written and received.
  2. Demonstrate how form, structure and style can not only be seen to influence meaning but can also be influenced by context.
  3. Understand the attitudes and values expressed by literary texts and their impact on readers.

Unit 1 – Literary genres

Unit 2 – Literary movements

Unit 3 – Literary criticism

Paper 2 Preparation – Breaking down questions and outlining essays

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