Comparative Study Texts 2021
A Look at the Comparative Study Texts for Leaving Certificate English 2021
The list of prescribed texts for study for the English Leaving Cert exam in 2021 has been announced! ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘A Doll’s House’ and ‘The Playboy of the Western World’ have disappeared this year, as have ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story’ from the film section.
There are some interesting new additions, with ‘All the Light we Cannot See’ by Anthony Doerr, ‘The Lauras’ by Sara Taylor and ‘Out of Shadows’ by Jason Wallace appearing in the Novel/Memoir section, where Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘Never Let Me Go’ also returns.
‘Philadelphia Here I Come’ by Brian Friel appears in the Drama section, where ‘Tribes’ by Nina Raine also features.
Film-wise, ‘Trading Places’ by John Landis and Steve McQueen’s ‘Hunger’ also appear for the first time.
The modes for study for 2021 are as follows: Higher Level – Theme/Issue, Cultural Context and General Vision and Viewpoint, and at Ordinary Level – Theme, Social Setting and Relationships. If you’re considering new texts, check out my blogs on Eclipsed, Brooklyn and The Spinning Heart. Please find the full list of comparative texts for 2021 below.
List of Prescribed Material for Leaving Cert English 2021
Behind the Scenes at the Museum
The Handmaid's Tale
Days Without End
All the Light We Cannot See
It's Not Yet Dark
Never Let Me Go
If this is a Man
Star of the Sea
The Damned Utd.
The Spinning Heart
Out of Shadows
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891 version)
Waiting for Godot
By the Bog of Cats
Philadelphia Here I Come
Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme
Oedipus The King
Some Like it Hot
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