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English Literature the Study.com Way
So many popular books, movies, and television shows of the present day were inspired by literary works of centuries past. Almost every period of literature influences the one that comes after it, and in our series of English Literature video lessons, we try to show how different authors, poets, and playwrights drew inspiration from the events happening during their lifetimes, but also the works of literature that they admired.
Our knowledgeable instructors will take you a journey through English literature, beginning with Beowulf and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, then onto the wonderful plays of William Shakespeare and some of his most notable contemporaries, followed by the poetry of John Milton and Alexander Pope, then the novels of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, before ending the twentieth century with authors like Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, and James Joyce, just to name a few.
Beyond giving you summaries and analyses of some of the most well-known and highly-regarded works of English literature, we will try to show you why you should care about these works, whether it's by connecting them to an element of current popular culture, sharing an exciting fun fact about their creation (did you know that John Bunyan wrote much of Pilgrim's Progress while in jail?), or just generally geeking out.
The prose, poems, and plays produced in any particular era can tell you so much about the people who lived during that time and we're excited to have you join us on this journey.
1. Introduction to English Literature Course
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2. Mandatory Reading List for English 101: English Literature
A portion of your final grade for English 101 are two essays that ask you to address concepts from notable works in English Literature. In order to write your essays, you are required to read a portion of the texts listed below. Read on for details about your choice of readings for the major eras of English literature.
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Other chapters within the English 101: English Literature course
- Literary Terms and Analysis
- Old and Middle English Literature
- The Renaissance in English Literature
- 17th and 18th Century English Literature
- Romantic Prose in English Literature
- Romantic Poetry in English Literature
- Victorian Literature
- Turn-of-the-Century Literature
- Modernism in English Literature
- Nonfiction in English Literature
- Analyzing English Literature
- Studying for English 101