As an A Level Literature student, it is important to gain an understanding of the context in which texts are written and to consider the connections that can be made between different works.
On Thursday 17th May 2018, all of the sixth formers studying A Level English Literature enjoyed a thought-provoking discussion session with our visiting speaker, who helped us to develop our ideas about two key texts, ‘The Merchant’s Tale’ by Chaucer and Ibsen’s play, ‘A Doll’s House’.
Dr. John Byrom, who has taught in a number of schools, as well as at several universities (including Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Moscow) led us to consider how both Henrik Ibsen and Geoffrey Chaucer portray the social conventions of their time, and how they also ‘play’ with them.
He offered the pupils invaluable insights into the ways in which we might compare these texts. It would be fair to say that he also intrigued and delighted us with the breadth of his knowledge, which ranged from the iconography of unicorns and walled gardens through to Ibsen’s contribution to the women’s movement in the late 1800s.