The A-level English Literature students were lucky enough to listen to a small, seminar-style lecture on the poet and playwright Oscar Wilde from Dr Peter Raby, a world-renowned Wilde expert from the University of Cambridge. As part of our A-level course, we have studied one of Wilde’s most famous plays: 'The Importance of Being Earnest', and Dr Raby provided us with a range of information, critiques and ideas for debate to help with our learning: from the plays inception and critical reception, to its key themes, actions and motifs.
One upper sixth student said ‘I’m glad we had the talk. It gave me great ideas on how to expand my essays and different perspectives of points’. Moreover, a lower sixth English Literature pupil and student of Drama pupil felt that he was ‘inspiring and passionate, giving a broad and in-depth insight into Wilde’s comedy and humour within The Importance of Being Earnest. A truly enjoyable morning with a great gentleman’.
I would like to say on behalf of all the English Literature sixth form students that the session was helpful and inspiring. We were incredibly lucky to have such a distinguished, intelligent and passionate man help us understand this critical text and help us prepare for our upcoming exams.