Comparative Study Texts 2021

Comparative Study Texts 2021

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

Novels/Memoir

Americanah
Behind the Scenes at the Museum
The Handmaid's Tale
Persuasion
Days Without End
Wuthering Heights
All the Light We Cannot See
Room
Silas Marner
It's Not Yet Dark
Never Let Me Go
If this is a Man
Star of the Sea
1984
The Damned Utd.
The Spinning Heart
Persepolis
The Lauras
Out of Shadows
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891 version)

 

Drama

Waiting for Godot
Eclipsed
By the Bog of Cats
Philadelphia Here I Come
Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme
Tribes
King Lear
The Tempest
Oedipus The King

Film

Brooklyn
Unforgiven
About Elly
Winter's Bone
Trading Places
Hunger
Pride
Some Like it Hot


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