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Jean Rhys and Charlotte Bronte Wide Sargasso Sea and Jane Eyre DVD book and audio CDThis week our Access to Higher Education Humanities and Social Sciences students have started reading Jean Rhys’s novel the Wide Sargasso Sea. One of the students was asking me if there are any online literary criticism notes to help with novel. There are two free online from Shmoop and Spark Notes. We have a paper copy of Carl Plasa’s Jean Rhys: Wide Sargasso Sea in the Learning Resources Centre for students to borrow too.

Many of our students also find it useful to watch a DVD version of novels and plays they study. We have the Wide Sargasso Sea directed by Brendan Maher which was originally broadcast on BBC television. In addition there is a recording of a BBC Radio 3 broadcast from the 17 January 2016 which you can listen to on BBC iPlayer called the Sunday Feature, Literary Pursuits, Jean Rhys: Wide Sargasso Sea which uncovers the story behind the novel.

Our students read Rhys’s novel in tandem with Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. Take a look at our 24 February blog post for more links on Jane Eyre material to match. Plus as this year marks the bicentenary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth there is the BBC programme Being the Brontës which was broadcast over Easter which you can rewind on the BBC iPlayer.

 

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Of Mice and MenOur GCSE English students on Preaccess A and B are studying John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. We’ve done some research on supporting material for students and found a recording of Steinbeck on YouTube discussing Of Mice and Men and Grapes of Wrath.

For anyone doing an assignment for GCSE BBC Bitesize – Of Mice and Men has some handy links with character information, plot summary, themes and videos.

In the LRC we also have copies of:

Wnat to know more about Steinbeck’s characters from  his novels? Take a look at the Library of Congress’s John Steinbeck Map of America on the American Treasures of the Library of Congress. The map by Molly Maguire has pictures of characters and numbers on the map to indicate which novel they appear in.

If you’re into apps there’s a free download from the National Theatre with interviews with the cast James Franco and Chris O’Dowd and a Revise Of Mice and Men app on Appcrawlr.

Last but not least there’s an interview with a volunteer archivist at the National Steinbeck Center on the Authors Road: John Steinbeck, Novelist and More

Yellow WallpaperOur Access to Higher Education students are doing two pieces of American literature for their English module. They are reading Turn of the Screw and The Yellow Wall paper.

Project Gutenberg is a free source of ebooks available in different formats like ePub, html and Kindle which you can download and use on ereaders or use with adaptive technology like Natural Reader if you have for example dyslexia. There’s an audio version of the Henry James’s Turn of the Screw on there too. There’s another audio book version on YouTube broken down into parts. Here is Part I.They’ve also got the BBC version of the book adapted for television starring Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery.

Discover more about Henry James and test yourself on the Literature Network’s Henry James page. There’s also a Henry James page on the Literary Gothic website with useful links to other works, ebooks, information about the author and analyses. There’s critical analyses of Jame’s novella on SparkNotes: The Turn of the Screw and Shmoop. Take a look at historical literary critiques of the work on The Turn of the Screw website.

You’ll find an audiobook version of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper on YouTube as well as a PBS Masterpiece Theatre film divided into multiparts. Here is Part I and II. There’s an ebook version on Project Gutenberg.

All literature students need some critical analysis of what they read to look at the style, themes, characters and the plot. SparkNotes has the Yellow Wallpaper online as does Shmoop. Find out more about Charlotte Perkins Gilman and try out an online quiz on the Literature Network’s Charlotte Perkins Gilman page. There’s also more about her on the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard  University’s From Woman to Human: the Life and Works of Charlotte Perkins Gilman page.

In our Learning Resource Centre we’ve got copies of:

Wild Unrest: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the making of “The yellow wallpaper” by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz

Jame’s Turn of the Screw by Leonard Orr

Turn of the Screw directed by Tim Fywell


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