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Writing a novel is a political act: narrative voice in “The Kite Runner”

In the foreword to the 10th anniversary edition of The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini wrote that “it’s quite an honour when readers tell me that this novel helped put a personal face on Afghanistan for them”. This sentence articulates the central concept of this best-selling novel: the desire to make history human. In many ways,Continue reading “Writing a novel is a political act: narrative voice in “The Kite Runner””


“Othello”: unmissable quotations (part 2)

6. “Reputation, reputation, reputation! O I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself and what remains is bestial.” (Cassio, Act 2 Scene 3) This scene is a key turning point of the play as in it Shakespeare presents the characters poised on the brink of chaos. The drunken brawl –Continue reading ““Othello”: unmissable quotations (part 2)”

“Othello”: unmissable quotations (part 1)

I recently created a list of my unmissable quotations from “The Kite Runner”, aimed to help students revise key concepts and analysis. As a follow-on from that, here is the first half of my list of top quotations from “Othello”. 1. “Even now, now, very now, an old black ram is tupping your white ewe.”Continue reading ““Othello”: unmissable quotations (part 1)”

The Kite Runner: 3 unmissable quotations

When writing about literature, I often find that I return to the same quotations repeatedly, perhaps because they resonate across the fabric of the text and articulate the key concepts the writer is communicating. These quotations are often ideal to include in exam essays, as they tend to be both rich and malleable (that is,Continue reading “The Kite Runner: 3 unmissable quotations”

Scaffolding Discussion for A Level English Literature

It is a truth universally acknowledged that discussion is central to the teaching of English Literature. Discussion is a way by which teachers can check their students’ understanding, and take that a step further. Almost every lesson, a student will say something that someone in the class (including the teacher) won’t have considered, and soContinue reading “Scaffolding Discussion for A Level English Literature”