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English Literature(Leaving Cert 2004) Notes and support from this fledgling, Irish, educational, site are specifically designed for the needs of the Irish syllabus at both Leaving and Junior Certificate level. Teachers and Students are further advised that there are resources on all subjects available at Leaving and at ScoilNet. These are terrific and totally free sites.

Herewith is the list of prescribed texts for the Leaving Certificate Examination, 2004. One of the texts marked with H, O may be studied on its own at Higher Level and/or at Ordinary Level. One of the texts marked with O may be studied on its own, only, at Ordinary Level

BALLARD, J.G. See Also

Empire of the Sun (O) or see NY Times see Also

BRONTĖ, Emily Wuthering Heights (H, O)
ELIOT, George Silas Marner (H, O)
IBSEN, Henrik A Doll's House (H, O) See Also
MACKEN, Walter The Silent People (O)
MOORE, Brian Lies Of Silence

Mc Gahern John

Amongst Women. Scroll to Page 65
O'CASEY, Sean The Plough and the Stars
SHAKESPEARE, William Macbeth See Also

In addition, three other texts must be studied in a comparative manner, according to the comparative modes prescribed for this course.

• Any texts from the list, other than the one already chosen for study on its own, may be selected for the comparative study.

• At Ordinary Level and at Higher Level the study of a film can form one element in a comparative study.

The Comparative Modes for Examination in 2004 are:

Higher Level: (i) Themes and Issues (ii) Literary Genre (iii) The Cultural Context

Ordinary Level: (i) Hero, Heroine, Villain (ii) Relationships (iii) Social Setting

Online notes found for the following texts: (2 or more hyperlinks indicate notes from various sources for some texts)

ACHEBE, Chinua See Also

Things Fall Apart See also Notes


I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings


Pride and Prejudice


Empire of the Sun See Ballard Web Page or see NY Times


Regeneration See Also and Also

BIELENBERG, Christabel

The Past is Myself


Circle of Friends


Wuthering Heights


In Patagonia

ELIOT, George

Silas Marner

FRIEL, Brian See Also

Dancing at Lughnasa See also

GORDIMER, Nadine NY Times

The House Gun Gordimer Web Site

HUSTON, John (Dir.)

The Dead (Film)

IBSEN, Henrik

A Doll's House


The Remains of the Day See Also

IVORY, James (Dir.)

A Room With A View (Film) See Also

JOYCE, James

A Portrait of the Artist

KAZAN, Elia (Dir.)

On the Waterfront (Film) See Also


An Evil Cradling


Home Before Night

LONCRAINE, Richard (Dir.)

Richard III (Film)

LUHRMANN, Baz (Dir.)

Strictly Ballroom (Film)

MACKEN, Walter

The Silent People



MADDEN, Deirdre

One by One in the Darkness

Mc Gahern John

Amongst Women. Scroll to Page 65


A River Sutra

MILLER, Arthur

A View from the Bridge See Also

MOORE, Brian

Lies Of Silence (O)


The Plough and the Stars

OZ, Amos

Panther in the Basement

The W orks of Shakespeare

Explanation of Contents


King Lear


Macbeth See Also


Twelfth Night


My Left Foot (Film)


Antigone Oedipus the King

SPARK, Muriel See Also

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie


Of Mice and Men See Also

SYNGE, John Millington See Also

The Playboy of the Western World

TORNATORE, Giuseppe (Dir.)

Cinema Paradiso (Film)

Help with Comparative Mode

  1. Comparative Study. On this page you will find outlines for independent literature study. The guides are designed to enable students to undertake comparative study of two texts for written coursework. Each one has been used successfully by at least one "real" student
  2. Comparing Texts A set of handouts summarising the plot, themes and possible essay titles of a range of potential comparative coursework texts (1 page each):Click on the link and scroll the page for these resources

  3. Teaching English Support Service (T.E.S.S.) The Regional Development Officers for English are available to visit schools by mutual arrangement, or for consultation by fax, phone and e-mail.

Other Useful URLS

  1. A Brief History of the English Language A list of words and phrases can be found here, with links to the definitions and origins

  2. English Literature on the world wide web

  3. English Literature Distance Learning Course The London School of Journalism. Follow the links if you have some months to spare. A truly superb site

  4. English Literature, early seventeentsh Century (1603 - 1660). An Alphabethically indexed site. Whether you want to study the writing of James 1st or Ben Jonson, John Donne or Francis Bacon you will find all you need to know here

  5. English Resources from BJ Pinchbeck's Home Helper. Some superb resources here

  6. Fiction Webs This is an extraordinarily comprehensive site with superb resources.

  7. Irish Literature from BUBL (for English Studies)

  8. Jiskha Homework Help English Center. Follow the Links

  9. Over 330 Free Literature Summaries (335 currently) Online Textbooks for 15 Subjects SAT Prep / Testing State Testing Resources College Planning Resources.Child Safe and Teacher recommended. Absolutely Free, All the Time!

  10. Teachers' Virtual School English Department. A wealth of resources here

  11. 1,800 Online Classic Texts, Message Boards, Study Links / Study Help, Research Links, Contests

The Novel

  1. Eighteenth-Century English Novel Research Guide. Use the menu on the left to navigate through links to web sites, books, and articles.

  2. Gothic Resources

  3. Great Expectations (Discovering Dickens)

  4. is the premier free source for literary analysis on the web. We provide an educational supplement for better understanding of classic and contemporary Literature Profiles, Metaphor Analysis, Theme Analyses, and Author Biographies.

  5. The Gothic: Materials for Study

  6. The Gothic Literature Page

  7. The Literary Gothic

  8. Women writers are often known by multiple names. They may have written under both their maiden names and married names (sometimes several!) They may have used pseudonyms (male or female) or written cooperatively as a joint identity. Browse by author or alphabetically

Revision Time

  1. The purpose of the English Portal, from Study Links, is to develop the study and critical understanding of literature. Students can avail of a fourteen day free trial membership of this site

  2. A page of links to help you revise for your Leaving Certificate examination in English from Schools History

  3. A+ Resources For Students

  4. Check out Sparknotes for some excellent material. Some will be relevant to your prescribed course. To Access some materials you may be asked to subscribe (become a member). This is a free, safe, and a superb site

  5. English Literature Essay writing A superb site where you will find essays on poets and poetry, themes and contrasting themes

  6. Home page of the English Department of the Teachers' Virtual School, which is a part of ATW, the Association of Teachers' Websites.

Visit the NCTE Website