Task 1: Comparative: A Doll’s House and Shirley Valentine
The Questions (1500-2000 words)
- Freud asserted that “liberation can come only from within”. To what extent is this notion promoted in ADH and SV?
- ‘ In the struggle for power and independence the female protagonists ultimately lose more than they gain.’ How far would you agree?
- ‘In ADH and SV women are presented as dependent on men and ultimately powerless.’ How far would you agree?
- It could be said that neither A Doll’s House nor Shirley Valentine are feminist plays, but are more about asserting self, regardless of gender. Do you agree?
A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
Carrie Cracknell: On Being a Political Director
Chap 3 A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
The New Woman, Feminism and Misogyny sections of Literature and Gender: An Introductory Textbook (Lizbeth Goodman, Routledge, 0415135745)
Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell
Kinsman, Rob. “Face to Face with Willy Russell,” The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch. < http://www.queens-theatre.co.uk/archive/2004/facetofacewithwillyrussell.htm
Task 1 Essay Planning
SV Structure grid
Task 2: Critical Anthology
Session 1: How to read a difficult text
Critical writings on texts
Further resources for essay writing