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English Literature(Leaving Cert 2003) 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, 2003 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.

BRONTE, Charlotte

Wuthering Heights (H, O)


The Remains of the Day (H, O) See also Comparative Study

JOHNSTON, Jennifer (O)

How Many Miles to Babylon?

MILLER, Arthur

Death Of A Salesman (H, O)

MOORE, Brian

Lies Of Silence (O)


Amongst Women (H, O) (Scroll to page 65)


The Plough and the Stars (O)


Macbeth (H, O) See Also



TAYLOR, Mildred See Also

The Road to Memphis (O)

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.

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

ACHEBE, Chinua See Also

Things Fall Apart See also Chapter summaries with Notes


I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

ATWOOD, Margaret See Also

Cat's Eye, ADetailed summary


Pride and Prejudice


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


Regeneration See Also

BELL, Sam Hanna

December Bride


Wuthering Heights

DEANE, Seamus

Reading in the Dark

DICKENS, Charles

Great Expectations See Also

FRIEL, Brian See Also and Also

Dancing at Lughnasa See Also

Giuseppe Tornatorre

Cinema Paradiso (Film)

HARDY, Thomas

Far From the Madding Crowd


The Remains of the Day See Also

JOHNSTON, Jennifer See Also

How Many Miles to Babylon?

JOYCE, James

A Portrait of the Artist

Kazan Elia

On the Waterfront (Film)


The Grass Is Singing

Loncraine Richard

Richard The Third (Film)

Luhrmann Baz

Strictly Ballroom

MILLER , Arthur

Death Of A Salesman

MOORE, Brian

Lies Of Silence See Also



MC CABE, Eugene

Death And Nightingales See Also

Mc Gahern John

Amongst Women. Scroll to Page 65


The Plough and the Stars

OZ, Amos

Panther in the Basement See Also

O'BRIEN, Kate Cruise

The Homesick Garden

Reed Carol (Dir)

The Third Man (Film)

The W orks of Shakespeare

Explanation of Contents


Othello See Also


Macbeth See Also and Also


Twelfth Night See Also


My Left Foot (Film) See Also



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. 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!

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

  10. 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. Great Expectations (Discovering Dickens)

  3. 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.

  4. The Gothic: Materials for Study

  5. 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 School Zone, is to develop the study and critical understanding of literature. Students studying the Leaving Certificate syllabus, in English, must choose from the myriad links available to satisfy their particular requirements.

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

  3. 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

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

  5. 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