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I'm a university lecturer of Drama and English Literature. On this page you'll find loads of powerpoint presentations filled with useful resources for teachers and students interested in English Literature, Drama, and Art History. Useful for all levels.

I'm a university lecturer of Drama and English Literature. On this page you'll find loads of powerpoint presentations filled with useful resources for teachers and students interested in English Literature, Drama, and Art History. Useful for all levels.
Jhumpa Lahiri's 'The Namesake'
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Jhumpa Lahiri's 'The Namesake'

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This package includes a PowerPoint presentation and detailed handout on **Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake ** It is ideal for university and A Level students looking to write essays on Lahiri’s work and get a better understanding of ideas behind postcolonial studies. The work package includes: Carefully selected extracts from The Namesake to encourage discussion and analysis An explanation of Homi K. Bhabha’s theories of hybridity, liminal spaces, and the Third Space Comments made by Jhumpa Lahiri on her creative process when writing The Namesake Questions to encourage analytical thinking Scholarly engagements with Lahiri’s work
Oscar Wilde - An Ideal Husband
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Oscar Wilde - An Ideal Husband

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This presentation looks at Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband. It outlines the key themes of the play: suffrage, gender differences, sexuality, class conflict, Victorian society, and aestheticism. There are lots of sections for close analysis, as well as interesting biographical information relating to Wilde’s imprisonment. The presentation then explores the role of women in 19th century society, focusing on The New Woman in fin de siècle literature. The final slide contains a practice exam question with useful pointers and quotes from scholars and theatre critics such as Michael Billington.
Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice'
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Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice'

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This presentation explores Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. With clear character discussions, analysis of themes, quotes, and contextual information, it is an ideal teaching and study resource for anyone studying The Merchant of Venice. It contains: a plot summary; contextual information about Shakespeare’s decision to set the play in Venice; a discussion of racial prejudice (especially from Antonio towards Shylock); character studies of Shylock, Jessica, and Portia; a discussion on the idea of value, and details from three notable performances of the play. The last slide contains a quiz with 10 questions focused on details from the play.
Ibsen's A Doll's House
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Ibsen's A Doll's House

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Handout for students discussing Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Includes quotes from the play to discuss as well as an extract from Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own. The handout focuses on themes of gender and patriarchal society in A Doll’s House. Perfect for A Level students studying Ibsen and naturalism in theatre. Also useful for university seminars working on A Doll’s House.
Ibsen and Gender: Hedda Gabler
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Ibsen and Gender: Hedda Gabler

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This presentation looks at Ibsen’s drama focusing on his major play: Hedda Gabler. The sildes offer detailed information on and colourful examples of the historical context, gender politics, and themes of Ibsen’s drama. The powerpoint then examines Hedda’s character with links to short videos of performers such as Ruth Wilson discussing playing the role and what makes Hedda tick. This presentation is useful for anyone interested in Ibsen’s drama, feminism in his work, and performing his tragic heroine: Hedda Gabler.
In-yer-face Theatre: Sarah Kane
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In-yer-face Theatre: Sarah Kane

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This presentation is about Sarah Kane’s exploration of National Identity in her infamous play Blasted. Each slide contains quotes, images, factual information, and videos about Sarah Kane and In-Yer-Face Theatre. The powerpoint focuses on extracts from Blasted that examine human frailty, compassion, brutality, and powerlessness. It asks how Kane manages to evoke compassion through violence and uses the theory of Susan Sontag and the history of the Bosnian War (1992-1995) to unpick the relationship between the Soldier, Ian and Kate in the play. There are also many ‘thinking points’, including a video discussion of the (un)ethical nature of Kane’s drama and theorist Hanna Arendt’s ‘Reflections on Violence’.
'Hard Times' by Charles Dickens
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'Hard Times' by Charles Dickens

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This presentation is on Hard Times by Charles Dickens. It is aimed at ALevel and undergraduate level university students exploring the work of Charles Dickens, the Industrial Revolution, and/or Victorian literature. The slides focus on how Dickens explores issues surrounding the Industrial Revolution in Hard Times. With particular focus on Dickens’s views on the rights of workers during Victorian Britain, this presentation draws on literary criticism to debate the two philosophies of that time: Utilitarianism (John Stuart Mill) and Political Economy (Adam Smith). The is resource also contains: key quotations, discussion points, and quotes from literary critics (including Mikhail Bakhtin). Perfect for preparing an essay on themes surrounding Dickens’s representation of the lower-class workforce in his novels, especially Hard Times.
'Frankenstein' - close analysis
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'Frankenstein' - close analysis

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This resource is designed to help students write a close analysis essay on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, focusing on Victor Frankenstein. The extract and question have been taken from a recent A Level English Literature past paper. The resource goes through the extract line-by-line to explore the themes of **suffering, ambition, responsibility, isolation, Gothic literature, and the Romantic Sublime **in the novel, Frankenstein. The text has been annotated with helpful advice, literary criticism, context, and quotes. It also includes a full sample answer. This resource will be useful for students who need to practice close textual analysis, and/or are working on Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus.
Morgan Lloyd Malcolm's 'Emilia'
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Morgan Lloyd Malcolm's 'Emilia'

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This handout is designed for students studying **Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s **Emilia. It discusses the life and poetry of Aemilia Lanyer and includes carefully selected quotes from the play for discussion and analysis. The handout includes questions that help students understand the play’s concern with gender inequality during the time of Shakespeare and today. The handout is aimed at students at any level.
Bernard MacLaverty's 'Cal'
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Bernard MacLaverty's 'Cal'

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This package includes a PowerPoint and detailed handout on Bernard MacLaverty’s novel Cal. The work pacakge includes: Carefully selected extracts from MacLaverty’s Cal to aid discussion and analysis Excerpts from scholarly criticism on Cal Questions to aid interpretation of the novel Short explanation of The Troubles in Northern Ireland Poetry by Seamus Heaney and Douglas Carson Ideal for A Level and university students writing essays on MacLaverty’s Cal
Brian Friel's 'Translations'
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Brian Friel's 'Translations'

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This presentation looks at the history of the English Language in Ireland through the drama of Brian Friel. It contains several extracts for close scene analysis and discusses the play in relation to its major theme: the colonisation and dominance of the English Language (tradition vs modernity). The slides also cover the history of the Abbey Theatre and several quotes from the playwright himself (Brian Friel), the poet Seamus Heaney, and critics such as Desmond Rushe. The last two slides outline Claude Lévi-Strauss’ ‘hot and cold societies’ theory and then look towards Welsh identity, mentioning the play Mother Tongue by Roger Williams.
THE LITERATURE QUIZ
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THE LITERATURE QUIZ

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This quiz is designed for GCSE and AS/A Level English literature students studying the National Curriculum with any exam board. There are 10 rounds with several fun, interactive activities. There are picture rounds, word-jumbles, famous quotes, true-or-false, word-wheel, and emoji-plot questions. Some of the texts include: Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Great Gatsby, Of Mice and Men, Harry Potter, Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, poetry etc. The answers are provided in the ‘notes section’ on the powerpoint. There are a total of 80 points to be won. Enjoy!
Milton's Paradise Lost
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Milton's Paradise Lost

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This presentation explores John Milton’s Paradise Lost. It discusses Milton’s poetic form (blank verse), as well as issues regarding gender, free will, and religion. Sandra Gilbert’s discussion of Eve’s fall is outlined for some useful secondary criticism. There are also extracts (from Books 9 and 10 of Paradise Lost) with helpful pointers for close textual analysis and ideas that will prompt further discussion and exploration. The final slides recommend further reading, offer later poetic responses to Eve’s plight, and also encourage critical engagement with early scholarship on Milton’s epic poem. A great resource for A Level students and undergraduates.
Lady Macbeth & Guilt - GCSE Sample Answer
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Lady Macbeth & Guilt - GCSE Sample Answer

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This document contains a sample answer aimed at GCSE students looking at Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth. It focuses on Shakespeare’s presentation of Lady Macbeth’s guilt in Act 5 Scene 1 of Macbeth. This is a great revision aid for students studying Macbeth and will also help students to work on their essay writing. It makes use of literary terminology and contains close textual analysis.
Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'
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Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'

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This presentation on Shakespeare’s Hamlet explores the main themes - revenge, death, madness, power, corruption - of this play. It refers to Aristotle’s writings on tragedy to explore what makes the play a revenge tragedy. It then explores Ophelia’s madness and death in detail, referring to scholarship and close scene analysis. This powerpoint is useful for GCSE, A Level, and undergraduate university students focusing on Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Sandra Cisneros's 'The House on Mango Street'
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Sandra Cisneros's 'The House on Mango Street'

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This package includes a PowerPoint lecture and detailed handout on Sandra Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street It explores the novel’s concern with gender and race (particularly Hispanic communities in America), drawing parallels with Virginia Woolf’s A Room Of One’s Own. Ideal for A Level and university students working on Cisneros’s novel.
Saussure's Semiotics & Luigi Pirandello
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Saussure's Semiotics & Luigi Pirandello

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This presentation outlines the shift in drama from Realist to Symbolist to Modernist forms of theatre. It uses work by Chekhov, Maeterlink, and Beckett to illustrate the differences between representational and Avant-Garde playwrighting and scenography. The explanation of Ferdinand de Saussure’s semiotics is supported by examples form Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author. The presentation also covers the work of Ionesco and Tom Stoppard when discussing the Theatre of the Absurd (a term coined by Martin Esslin).
Feminism in 1970s: Caryl Churchill
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Feminism in 1970s: Caryl Churchill

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This presentation highlights some of the major shifts in recent theatre history that have become significant moments for the recognition of women’s playwrighting and theatre making. With examples from Judy Chicago’s Feminist Art Program, the first Women’s Theatre Conference, critic Michelene Wandor’s influential study of sexual politics in the theatre, and women’s theatre groups from the 1970s, the slides trace the history of women’s playwriting. The powerpoint then focuses on the work and influence of Caryl Churchill, especially her play Vinegar Tom. Critics like Janelle Reinelt and Elin Diamond are also quoted in a clear, easy to follow manner. A final slide contains some recommended reading suggestions.