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AQA A Level English Literature Specification A (legacy)

LA5C: Literary Connections coursework

Final coursework re-takes: January 2010

These are texts that have produced interesting work for this unit. It is not an exclusive list nor are these 'approved' texts - candidates are free to select from the wide range of suitable works, as explained on the LA5C page. It is important, in addition, that the task is carefully focused - which is why both texts and tasks need to be approved in advance by your moderator.

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  1. Journey's End and The Siege of Krishnapur
  2. Journey's End and Regeneration
  3. The Great Gatsby and Death of a Salesman
  4. The Great Gatsby and Heart of Darkness
  5. The Wasteland and The Great Gatsby (quests)
  6. Trainspotting and The Great Gatsby
  7. Trainspotting and The Football Factory (John King)
  8. Trainspotting and Generation X (youth culture)
  9. Paradise Lost and Lord of the Flies (evil)
  10. Paradise Lost and Frankenstein
  11. Villette and Frankenstein (mother figures)
  12. Paradise Lost and Philip Pullman (anti-heroes)
  13. Cold Comfort Farm and Precious Bane
  14. Passage to India and Heat and Dust
  15. The Catcher in the Rye and Slaughterhouse 5
  16. The Catcher in the Rye and The Bell Jar (development of identity)
  17. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and The Catcher in the Rye
  18. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and Under the Eye of the Clock (alienation)
  19. The Color Purple and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  20. Tolkien and Pullman (fantasy novels' exploration of good and evil)
  21. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Wasp Factory (non-conformists)
  22. The Wasp Factory and Lord of the Flies
  23. Catch 22 and Captain Corelli's Mandolin (heroes)
  24. Lolita and A Child Called It (the presentation of abuse)
  25. Empire of the Sun and Birdsong
  26. Birdsong and Atonement
  27. Wuthering Heights and Birdsong
  28. Birdsong and Schindler’s Ark
  29. Birdsong and The Remains of the Day
  30. Birdsong and A Farewell to Arms
  31. Birdsong and Chickenhawk (Robert Mason)
  32. Master Georgie (Beryl Bainbridge) and Birdsong
  33. Birdsong and Scars Upon My Heart
  34. Mrs Dalloway and Scars Upon My Heart
  35. Mrs Dalloway and The God of Small Things
  36. The Return of the Soldier and Not So Quiet (Helen Zenna Smith)
  37. How to Be Good (Nick Hornby) and The Good Doctor (Damon Galgut) (the concept of goodness)
  38. Oliver Twist and The Jew of Malta
  39. Beloved and The Color Purple
  40. Nice Work and Hard Times
  41. Behind the Scenes at the Museum and The Remains of the Day (narrators on a journey of self-discovery)
  42. The Waves and Ulysses (the presentation of the self)
  43. The Collector and The Lovely Bones (abductors and villains)
  44. The Collector and Frankenstein
  45. Ridley Walker and A Clockwork Orange
  46. Jane Eyre and The Wide Sargasso Sea
  47. Roddy Doyle and poems by Seamus Heaney (childhood)
  48. The Cider House Rules and Up the Junction
  49. Nights at the Circus and Big Fish (Wallace) (magic realism)
  50. Nights at the Circus and A Streetcar Named Desire
  51. A Streetcar Named Desire and Wuthering Heights (relationships between men and women)
  52. Jane Eyre and Tulip Fever (Moggach)
  53. Henry V and Her Privates We (Frederic Manning)
  54. Brave New World and Oryx and Crake
  55. Nineteen Eighty-four and Oryx and Crake
  56. Oranges are Not the Only Fruit and A Room with a View
  57. Oranges are Not the Only Fruit and Reading in the Dark
  58. Translations and Reading in the Dark
  59. The Crucible and The Scarlet Letter
  60. Tess of the D'Urbervilles and Esther Waters (George Moore) (the treatment of women)
  61. Fasting, Feasting (Anita Desai) and Disgrace (J M Coetzee)
  62. The Woman in White and The Turn of the Screw
  63. The Color Purple and Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye
  64. Tess of the D'Urbervilles and Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang
  65. Decline and Fall and The Importance of Being Earnest (the cad)
  66. Tess of the D'Urbervilles and Vinegar Tom
  67. Wild Swans by Jung Chang and Danziger's Travels by Nick Danziger.
  68. Mansfield Park and Tess of the D'Urbervilles
  69. Sense and Sensibility and The Color Purple.
  70. Wuthering Heights and Rebecca
  71. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
  72. Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea.
  73. Jane Eyre and An Experiment in Love.
  74. Andrea Ashworth's Once in a House on Fire and Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility
  75. The Magic Toyshop and The Cement Garden.
  76. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Wuthering Heights.
  77. Plath's The Bell Jar and Selected Poems
  78. Waterland and Great Expectations.
  79. Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice.
  80. Pride and Prejudice and Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence
  81. Atonement and Emma.
  82. The Hanging Garden and A Certain Justice (James' and Rankin's presentation of detectives)
  83. Sula and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
  84. Burnt Out Case and Heart of Darkness.
  85. The French Lieutenant's Woman and Wuthering Heights.
  86. Jane Eyre and Northanger Abbey
  87. Atonement and The Child in Time
  88. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and The Picture of Dorian Gray.
  89. Anita and Me and The Buddha of Suburbia.
  90. Atonement and Alias Grace
  91. Sylvia Plath's poetry and To The Lighthouse (motherhood)
  92. The Old Man and the Sea and The Life of Pi
  93. The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Rape of the Lock (ideas of beauty)
  94. Howards End and The Shipping News
  95. Tess of the D'Urbervilles and Clarissa.
  96. Behind the Scenes at the Museum and Reading in the Dark
  97. The Remains of the Day and The Go-between.
  98. Nineteen-eight Four and Gulliver's Travels
  99. Rebecca and Jane Eyre.
  100. The Color Purple and The Wrong Boy by Willy Russell.
  101. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison and Translations by Brian Friel.
  102. Adam Bede and Mansfield Park
  103. Elizabeth Gaskell's Mary Barton and Charlotte Bronte's Shirley
  104. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver and Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
  105. Vernon God Little by D B C Pierre and The Catcher in the Rye