COD 2019 - S569

Ambition and failure in the antihero: In Custody by Anita Desai (Set text for IGCSE Literature 2019/2020/2021)

IGCSE Literature teachers and Literature lovers seeking to delve into the wonderful prose of one on India’s most acclaimed writers: Anita Desai

1 sessions, start: 27-Jun

Course detail

Year: 2019
Level: Secondary
Language: English
Status: Ended
Facilitator/s: Ms. Julia Fernández Armendariz, Mrs. Maria Victoria Llera
Print course
ESSARP Schools
Free of charge
Exams Schools
ARS 800.00
Non affiliate
ARS 800.00


Sessions Dates Start Finish
1 27 June 2019 05:30 pm 08:30 pm


Julia Fernández Armendariz

Julia Fernández Armendariz graduated as an English teacher from IES en Lenguas Vivas Juan R. Fernández, where she also completed specialisation courses in English Literature and British History. She holds a BA in Education from Universidad Nacional de Quilmes and a Postgraduate Certificate in English Studies from The University of Nottingham, England. Her areas of specialty include Postcolonial Studies, Border Theory and Historical Fiction. She teaches Literature II at IES en Lenguas Vivas "Juan R. Fernández", and English Literature IV, British Culture I, II and III at ENS en Lenguas Vivas "Sofia B. Spangenberg". She also works at Secondary school level both in CABA and the province of Buenos Aires.

Maria Victoria Llera

Victoria Llera is a Graduate Teacher of English from I. E. S en Lenguas Vivas "J. R. Fernández" and holds a BA in English Language from the University of San Martín. She is currently specializing in English Literature II and Literary Movements of the Twentieth Century at the I.E.S.L.V. “Juan Ramón Fernández” while teaching IGCSE/AS at Colegio Jesus Maria, Recoleta. She has taught IB Language B and has been working at the University of Buenos Aires, School of Philosophy and Letters, teaching language and delivering courses on Postcolonial Literature for the last six years.
IGCSE Literature teachers and Literature lovers seeking to delve into the wonderful prose of one on India’s most acclaimed writers: Anita Desai
- To explore Anita Desai’s In Custody by considering the context of production and what the characterization, themes and prose elements may be portraying about India.
- To discuss main themes as well as rhetorical devices that further meaning in the literary work.
- To provide literature teachers with ideas and possible pathways to analyse and work with the text in preparation for the IGCSE Literature Exam.
- To look into key passages through detailed readings to study how Desai constructs semantic fields to build up tension, humour and/or foreshadow events.
- To share teaching strategies regarding the approach to IGCSE component 3 essay or passage-based questions.
- Presentation of the historical and social context of India in the 1980s.
- Discussion of the main themes, characters, narrative techniques and overall concerns of the literary work.
- Analysis of revealing extracts with a focus on how Desai constructs meaning through language and key symbols.
- Presentation and discussion.
- Study of key extracts and strategies to approach a passage-based question.
- A revision of possible general questions to shape students’ answers when attempting to address exam questions without an extract.
- Chevalier, Jean and Alain Gheerbrant. Dictionary of Symbols. London: Penguin Books, 1996.
- Desai, Anita. In Custody. London: Heinemann, 1984.
- Rawal, Shruti. “A Bakhtinian Chronotopical Analysis of In Custody”. GNOSIS: Vol. 1, No. 3 April-2015.
- Sharma, Bhasha. “Remnants of Urdu poetic culture and politics of language in Anita Desai’s ‘In custody’. Department of Humanities, UIT, RGPV, Bhopal, India, 2012.
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