Comparative Study Texts 2022

Comparative Study Texts 2022


A Look at the Comparative Study Texts for Leaving Certificate English 2022

The list of prescribed Leaving Cert English texts for 2022 has been released! I was delighted to see this list so much earlier than usual, as this will really help teachers with planning and choosing texts.

The Single Text options give plenty of variety this year. ‘Othello’ is on after many years absence, with ‘All the Light We Cannot See’, ‘A Doll’s House’, ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ also appearing as H/O options. There are many solid Ordinary Level choices too - ‘By the Bog of Cats’, ‘Room’, ‘Philadelphia, Here I Come!’ and ‘The Lauras’ (which I loved) all feature.

Poetry-wise, the eight poets listed for Higher Level in 2022 are Elizabeth Bishop, Emily Dickinson (the subject of ‘Miss Emily’ by Nuala O’Connor on the comparative list), John Keats, Brendan Kennelly, DH Lawrence, Adrienne Rich, William Wordsworth and WB Yeats.

As always with the prescribed comparative study texts, it is interesting to see what is disappearing in 2022. Novel/Memoir wise, ‘The Spinning Heart’ by Donal Ryan, ‘It’s Not Yet Dark’ by Simon Fitzmaurice, ‘1984’ by George Orwell and the graphic memoir ‘Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood and the Story of a Return’ by Marjane Satrapi are all gone, while ‘Miss Emily’ by Nuala O’Connor, ‘The Cove’ by Ron Rash, ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley and ‘Educated’ by Tara Westover have all been included.

From a drama perspective, ‘Waiting for Godot’ by Samuel Beckett, ‘Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme’ by Frank McGuinness and Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’ and ‘The Tempest’ do not feature for 2022. New titles for 2022 include a re-appearance of ‘A Doll’s House’ by Henrik Ibsen, ‘Kindertransport’ by Diane Samuels and Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Othello’.

Regarding the film selection, ‘Brooklyn’, ‘About Elly’ and ‘Pride’ are going, replaced by ‘Rosie’, ‘Mustang’ and ‘Ladybird in 2022’. It will be interesting to see teachers’ new choices to replace ‘Brooklyn’, which has dominated the film selection in the last couple of years.

The comparative study modes at Higher Level for 2022 are Cultural Context, General Vision and Viewpoint and Literary Genre, while the Ordinary Level comparative study modes for 2022 are Social Setting, Relationships and Hero, Heroine, Villain.

The 2022 list of prescribed comparative study texts does not disappoint with its variety. Personally, I think I will choose ‘A Doll’s House’ or ‘Frankenstein’ as my Single Text as I’m looking forward to working ‘Othello’ into a comparative combination, perhaps with ‘Eclipsed’, ‘By the Bog of Cats’ or ‘Winter’s Bone’? With so much choice, there’s plenty to think about before making a final selection!

You can find the list of prescribed texts for 2022 here.

List of Prescribed Material for Leaving Cert English 2022


Behind the Scenes at the Museum
The Handmaid's Tale
Days Without End
Wuthering Heights
All the Light We Cannot See
Silas Marner
Never Let Me Go
If This Is A Man
Miss Emily
Star of the Sea
The Damned Utd.
The Cove
The Lauras
Out of Shadows
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891 version)



By the Bog of Cats
Philadelphia, Here I Come!
A Doll's House
Oedipus The King


Winter's Bone
Trading Places
Some Like it Hot

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