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- Explore the legacy of the Old English epic Beowulf.
- Examine the life and works of Chaucer.
- Get a timeline of Shakespeare's works.
- Learn about the meter, rhyme and structure of Shakespeare's sonnets.
- Get an introduction to the works of John Milton and Alexander Pope.
- Explore the novels of the Bronte sisters, including Jane Eyre.
- Examine the life and works of Jane Austen, including Pride and Prejudice.
- Learn about the poetry of Lord Byron and John Keats.
- Be introduced to the work and style of Charles Dickens.
- Find out about George Bernard Shaw's social activism and contributions to education.
- Trace T.S. Eliot's stylistic evolution.
- See how John Stuart Mill's political and ethical ideas influenced the politics of today.
1. Beowulf: Story, Characters, and Old English
In this lesson, we'll take a look at the Old English epic, Beowulf. We'll explore what happens, how it's written and why it has such a lasting legacy.
2. Introduction to Chaucer: Middle English and the Canterbury Tales
In this lesson, we'll introduce medieval writer Geoffrey Chaucer. We'll take a look at his life, his most famous works, including 'The Canterbury Tales,' and we'll spend some time learning how to read Middle English.
3. Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works
This video provides a crash course introduction to William Shakespeare's life, plays, and poetry. From 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' to 'The Tempest', we'll give you a timeline of his works and quick descriptions of what you need to know to identify them.
4. Shakespeare's Sonnets: Reading and Interpreting the Major Poems
In this video we'll learn about Shakespeare's sonnets, which contain some of his most famous poetry. Shakespeare addresses both a Fair Youth, speculated to be a young earl and patron, and a Dark Lady, whom he describes in frank and unromantic terms. We'll discuss the meter and rhyme scheme of the typical Shakespearean sonnet, as well as the structure of the overall work.
5. Introduction to John Milton: Life and Major Poems
English poet, essayist and political figure John Milton ranks right up there with William Shakespeare in a list of literary greats. Check out this lesson for an overview of Milton's life and most important works.
6. Introduction to Alexander Pope: Biography, Essays and Poems
Alexander Pope is one of the most quoted writers in the English language, which means you've probably heard his stuff before - you just don't know it yet. Watch this lesson for an overview of Pope's life and key works!
7. Emily and Charlotte Bronte: Sisters and Authors
Long before JK Rowling dreamed up Fred and George Weasley, Charlotte and Elizabeth Bronte accomplished impressive things as siblings. Their family history is a sad one, though, and their feelings of loss are evident in their most famous novels, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.
8. Jane Eyre: Summary, Characters and Analysis
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, was first published in 1847 under Bronte's pseudonym, Currier Bell. It's about a girl named - not surprisingly - Jane Eyre, and it's a bildungsroman, a coming-of-age story that follows Jane from childhood through motherhood. Many elements of Jane's life are similar to events in Charlotte Bronte's life. Because the work features a strong-willed and intelligent woman, it's often considered to be an early feminist text.
9. Jane Austen: Biography and Major Novels
When you hear the name Jane Austen, you probably think about long dresses, stuffy tea parties, and British accents - unless you don't know who she is. In that case, you really need to watch this video about the writer's life and works.
10. Pride and Prejudice: Plot and Character Analysis
In this lesson, we'll go over the quintessential romantic comedy, Pride and Prejudice. We'll take a look at all of the factors conspiring to keep Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy apart as well as read some of Jane Austen's sparkling prose.
11. Lord Byron: Poems and Biography
Lord Byron was once called 'mad, bad and dangerous to know.' In this lesson, you'll learn about this poet who is one of English Romanticism's most celebrated and prolific figures.
12. John Keats: Poems, Biography and Quotes
Lots of poets only write for a few years, get discouraged by terrible reviews and never amount to much. And then there's John Keats. Despite a short life with an abbreviated literary career and ridicule from prominent critics, Keats' work would come to symbolize the Romantic poetry movement. Watch this lesson to learn more.
13. Introduction to Charles Dickens: Works, Style, and Influence
Ebenezer Scrooge. Oliver Twist. Miss Havisham. David Copperfield. These are among literature's most fascinating figures, and they were all created by the same author. Watch this lesson to learn more about one of the English language's greatest authors, Charles Dickens.
14. Introduction to George Bernard Shaw: Life and Major Plays
George Bernard Shaw is one of the most prolific and important playwrights in the last 150 years. Don't believe us? Watch this video to learn about his social activism, his important contribution to the world of education and, of course, his plays.
15. Introduction to T.S. Eliot: Author Background, Works, and Style
This video introduces T.S. Eliot and his major works. It outlines his early life and move to England, and traces his stylistic evolution over his most famous and significant poems.
16. John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism, Quotes and Theory
Join us for this analysis of nineteenth century British philosopher John Stuart Mill, whose radical political and ethical ideas based in utilitarianism have had a profound effect in the final frontier and on our current political landscape.
17. Mary Norton: Biography & Books
This lesson is about the author of the Borrowers series, Mary Norton, detailing her life and her writing. Read the lesson, then test yourself with the quiz!
18. Nadine Gordimer: Biography, Short Stories & Books
Nadine Gordimer was a South African author and political activist who received many awards for her books and short stories. Learn about the life and writing of this outspoken woman who wrote tirelessly about the effects of apartheid in South Africa.
19. Robert Harris: Biography & Books
Robert Harris's experience as a political writer has made him one of the most popular political fiction writers today. Read on to find out more about his life and his work!
20. The Once and Future King: Summary & Characters
In this lesson, we will learn about The Once and Future King, a series of novels about King Arthur written by T. H. White. After a summary of each of the novels, we will examine the main characters. We'll wrap up with a quiz.
21. William Thackeray: Biography & Books
He was definitely brilliant, but he was also wild. Lavish parties, gambling away his inheritance, dropping out of school -- the list goes on. But in between the drinking and escapades, he managed to produce some great novels. Read further to learn more about William Thackeray.
22. Wit by Margaret Edson: Summary & Analysis
What would you do if you found out you were going to die? 'Wit' is a play that examines that question when its main character, a feared English professor, finds out she has terminal cancer and has to figure out what to do with the rest of her life.
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