This blog is intended to help A-level students to understand and appreciate World War One literature. To read more about the background of the blog, please read my Welcome to readers.
I teach on the A-level English Literature course at Southfields Academy in Wandsworth, London, UK.
This blog began as a means to make study notes available to students for a key exam text, The Oxford Book of War Poetry. It also gave students at Southfields links to wider reading about the First World War some time before the centennial sparked such interest in the subject. More recently, as the A-level exams have changed, the site has extended its focus to prose about the First World War, in particular Sebastian Barry’s ‘A Long, Long Way’ (2005).
In a previous life I gained an MA in literary studies at Royal Holloway, University of London; incredibly, they even let me study for a doctorate on H.G. Wells there. I’m no expert in First World War literature, but I hope that I can pass on what I do know– and, when I’m in the dark, I’ll point you in the direction to those who know more.
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