Tag Archive for English Literature

A Well-Measured ‘Measure’

Measure for Measure - production poster

Measure for Measure – Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon, RSC Measure for Measure is that difficult beast, a tragicomedy, and my experiences have to date been somewhat mixed – but this fine production from the RSC was fresh, innovative and often moving. My previous encounters with the play have tended to stress neither the tragic nor the comic so much…

A Level English Literature – are standards declining?

A level English Literature was criticised last week in a report by Ofqual. According to widespread media reporting, noticeably on the BBC and in The Independent (the latter being quite misleading in my view), A level English Literature has suffered from declining standards. Examination questions, argued Ofqual, have become too predictable, almost formulaic, and there…