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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- Throughout literary history, why have some books been censored?
- How did Oscar Wilde address vanity in The Picture of Dorian Gray?
- What were George Bernard Shaw's contributions to economics and literature?
- What made Joseph Conrad such a distinctive writer?
- What theme do we find in W.B. Yeats' The Second Coming?
- How did E.M. Forester address class, colonialism and family in his novels?
1. Introduction to Oscar Wilde: Plays, Novels, and Sexuality
From ''The Picture of Dorian Gray'' to the ''Importance of Being Earnest'', Oscar Wilde left an indelible mark on literature and theater. In this lesson, you'll learn all about the Victorian author.
2. Book Censorship: History & Statistics
Whether it's challenging the presence of a book on a library shelf or regulating a publication house, book censorship has existed before the creation of the original printing press. Explore more with a discussion of history and statistics. Then, test your knowledge with a quiz.
3. The Picture of Dorian Gray: Plot, Characters & Vanity
The Picture of Dorian Gray is the only novel Oscar Wilde ever published. Personally, I think he was at his best when he stuck to plays (don't get me started on his poetry), but no examination of Wilde's work is complete without this book.
4. 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.
5. Introduction to Joseph Conrad: Novels and Colonialism
Sailor, groundbreaking writer, incurable racist - these are just some of the terms that have been used to describe novelist Joseph Conrad. Watch our lesson for an introduction to this man's life and an overview of his major works!
6. Conrad's Heart of Darkness: Plot, Characters, and Style
Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' is one of the most read and taught stories in the English language. It also inspired a hugely popular film. Watch our lesson to learn all about this horrifying classic.
7. Introduction to W.B. Yeats: Life and Poetry
'Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.' Watch this video to learn more about the man behind that quote - W.B. Yeats. Study the events, stages and works of his writing career. Also take a look at his personal history, including his ties to Ireland.
8. Yeats' The Second Coming: A Poem of Postwar Apocalypse
In this video, we'll discuss Irish poet W.B. Yeats' most famous poem, 'The Second Coming.' Written after the devastation of World War I, it uses a religious metaphor to capture a Europe in chaos and on the brink of change.
9. Introduction to E.M. Forster: Overview of Life and Works
E.M. Forster is one of the most celebrated British novelists of the 20th century. In particular, his depictions of class issues struck a chord with many readers - and continue to do so today. Watch this lesson for an overview of his six key novels!
10. Howards End: Forster's Novel of Family and Social Class
Throughout his career, British author E.M. Forster wrote about class barriers as an impediment to human connection. His most famous exploration of that theme is the 1910 novel 'Howards End.' Learn about that novel's plot, characters and ultimate message here.
11. A Passage to India: Forster's Treatment of Colonialism
'A Passage to India' is one of E.M. Forster's most celebrated novels. Watch this lesson to see why this sad story of British colonialism has stuck with audiences for almost a century.
12. A Passage to India: Summary & Characters
A Passage to India is one of E. M. Forster's most famous novels, taking him ten years to complete between 1913 and 1924. In this lesson, we'll cover a plot summary, briefly discuss a few of the book's major themes and characters, and finish with a quiz to test your knowledge.
13. A Passage to India: Themes & Analysis
This lesson explores E.M. Forster's masterpiece, 'A Passage to India.' The lesson also examines and analyzes key themes within the novel and discusses the novel's significance in relation to modern English literature.
14. A Room with a View by E.M. Forster: Summary, Analysis & Themes
We'll talk about English author E.M. Forster's Edwardian novel 'A Room with a View.' This lesson will discuss the historical time period of the novel, summarize its plot, and discuss its major themes.
15. A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde: Summary & Characters
Oscar Wilde lived during the Victorian era, a time in which women had very few rights compared to men. In the play 'A Woman of No Importance,' the characters wrestle with some of the double standards of the 1800s.
16. A Woman of No Importance: Analysis & Themes
In this lesson, we will analyze the play, 'A Woman of No Importance,' by Oscar Wilde, and examine some of the themes. The roles and expectations of women were far different in the Victorian Age than they are today.
17. Lord Jim by Conrad: Summary & Overview
This lesson presents a summary and overview of one of Joseph Conrad's most famous novels, ''Lord Jim''. Read on to discover a brief analysis of the novel's meaning and its significance.
18. Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw: Summary & Overview
Joan of Arc, one of the most controversial historical figures to ever exist, has been written about numerous times. George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan is one of the most famous versions of her story. Read on to find an overview of the plot and a summary of the story!
19. T.S. Eliot's Ash Wednesday: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, you will learn what T.S. Eliot's poem 'Ash Wednesday' is about and what it means within the context of the speaker's struggles as he moves toward God and his own redemption. A brief quiz follows the lesson.
20. T.S. Eliot's Burnt Norton: Analysis & Explanation
This lesson includes relevant background information on T.S Eliot, an analysis of the themes and motifs of Eliot's 'Burnt Norton,' and a short description of its relationship to the other poems of 'Four Quartets.' It also highlights key passages.
21. T.S. Eliot's Fire Sermon: Analysis & Explanation
This lesson covers ''The Fire Sermon,'' the third section of T.S. Eliot's long poem ''The Waste Land.'' Read a summary and analysis. Then take a quiz to test your comprehension.
22. T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets: Analysis & Explanation
This lesson will explore T. S. Eliot's ''Four Quartets''. In addition to the poem, we'll consider Eliot's life, the culture it was written in, and its reception.
23. T.S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral: Summary & Overview
This lesson will explore T. S. Eliot's 'Murder in the Cathedral.' In addition to looking at the plot of the play, we'll consider Eliot's life and the context in which he wrote. After the lesson, test yourself with a quiz.
24. T.S. Eliot's Objective Correlative: Definition & Examples
How does a poem make you laugh or a novel make you cry? Why might they have the same effects on others? Explore these questions and more in this lesson on the artistic device known as an 'objective correlative.'
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