English Literature

Literature, rooted in life and centuries of human experience, is a mode of creative expression that engages the reader in the aesthetic domain. The literary tradition, an invaluable and ever-growing resource, gives access to the very best in human thought and culture. The study of literature thus enables the reader to critically examine human experience that leads to greater self-awareness. It provokes thinking about our beliefs and values and invites a personal engagement with ideas in the aesthetic domain. An appreciation of Literature will enhance one’s sensitivity to the power of words and thus, the importance of using them critically and creatively to serve society, making the world a more humane and beautiful place.

Learning Outcomes

  • Appreciate the reading and significance of literature across literary periods and genres, and its contribution to aesthetic and imaginative growth
  • Explore areas of significant, enduring and contemporary human concern, thus developing the sensitivity compassion and empathy for others and a greater understanding of the self
  • Engage with various types of literary texts so as to critically appreciate writer’s craft and intent
  • Become owners of and participants in literary opinions
  • Contribute creative literary works reflecting literary knowledge and their insights of life

Programmes

Year 1 – Introduction to Literature as a Discipline

Year 2 – Introduction to Shakespearean Drama and Poetry

Year 3 – The Development of English Literature Through the Ages

Year 4 – The Study of Literature as a Powerful Voice Speaking from and for its Time

Close-Reading Skills and Introduction to Literary Analysis

Shakespeare and Drama, Analysis and Performance

Modern Dramatic Form as Social Commentary

The Art of the Short Story

Making Connections Between Text and Self, and Text and World

Singapore Literature – Poetry, Plays and Short Stories

Comparative Poetry

The Art of the Novel

Introduction to Poetry

Close-Reading Skills and Literary Analysis

Critical Analysis and Sound Interpretation of Literary Works

Critical Analysis and Sound Interpretation of Literary Works

Introduction to the Novella

Creative-Writing

Intertextuality

Critical Approaches to Studying Literature

Gallery

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Our Literature students engage with local publishers to learn more about writing local stories and the local publishing scene. This is our Year 4 students with our local independent publisher, Edmund Wee of Epigram Books.
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Our students share their love for Literature at the annual National Schools Literature Festival, participating in book trailer competitions and the unseen debates.
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Our students share their love for Literature at the annual National Schools Literature Festival, participating in book trailer competitions and the unseen debates.
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Featuring recess-time performances of ‘The Merchant of Venice’ during EL Week. Students explore thematic issues in literary texts through dramatic performance.
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Students present literary critical thought and research at the annual Literature Seminar, organised by MOE Gifted Education Branch. Making connections across disciplines through the comparison of Art with the craft of the short story, in collaboration with peers from Raffles Institution.

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Learning about the art and purpose of poetic expression with one of our poets, Jennifer Anner Champion.