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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- What literary themes and styles do we find in Victorian literature?
- How did Charles Dickens address class and class warfare in his novels?
- How does George Eliot portray provincial life in Middlemarch?
- What were some of Robert Browning's major poems?
- What makes Alfred Lord Tennyson's Ulysses a major Victorian work?
- What is the influence of Catholicism on the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins?
1. Introduction to Victorian Literature: Overview of Themes, Style, and Authors
Victorian literature is literature written in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, or roughly from 1837 -1901. It is largely characterized by the struggle of working people and the triumph of right over wrong.
2. 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.
3. A Tale of Two Cities: Dickens' Novel of the French Revolution
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. In this video lesson, learn about A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens' classic novel about the French Revolution.
4. Dickens' Great Expectations: Plot, Characters, and Social Class
In 'Great Expectations,' young Pip has big dreams and lofty goals. All that's standing in his way is pretty much everyone he meets, as well as himself. Watch this lesson to learn more about this classic Charles Dickens novel.
5. David Copperfield: Dickens' Bildungsroman
The novel 'David Copperfield' is a coming of age story full of wicked villains, noble friends and true love. Watch this lesson to learn more about the novel that Dickens considered his best.
6. Oliver Twist: Plot and Characters in Dickens' Social Novel
It's Oliver Twist, the tale of an orphan boy who's mistreated, kidnapped once or twice, and saved once or twice, but all along never loses his plucky optimism. Watch this lesson to find out more!
7. Introduction to George Eliot: Life and Major Works
Mary Ann Evans, aka George Eliot, is one of the premiere writers of Victorian England. Watch this video lesson to see how she combined her interests in realism and rural life into an epic output of novels.
8. Middlemarch: Eliot's Novel of Provincial Life
In this lesson, we'll introduce the characters and many twisted plotlines of George Eliot's classic novel, 'Middlemarch.' Called the only Victorian novel 'written for grown-up people' by Virginia Woolf, this work is both expansive and highly realistic.
9. Introduction to Robert Browning: Life and Poems
Robert Browning was a Victorian poet who liked to write creepy monologues about killers, monarchs and more killers. Learn all about him in our video lesson!
10. My Last Duchess: Browning's Poetic Monologue
In this lesson, we'll read through Robert Browning's terrific poem 'My Last Duchess.' Browning slowly reveals the character of the speaker as he discusses his now-deceased wife in front of a painting of her hanging on the wall.
11. Introduction to Alfred Lord Tennyson: Life and Major Poetic Works
He's a Poet Laureate, a master wordsmith and the originator of quotes you probably think came from Shakespeare. Check out our lesson on Alfred, Lord Tennyson, possibly the most important English poet of the Victorian era!
12. Tennyson's In Memoriam, A.H.H.: Overview of 'In Memoriam' Stanzas
Alfred, Lord Tennyson's 'In Memoriam, A.H.H.' stands as one of the finest examples of elegy in the English language. Watch our lesson to learn all about this masterpiece, including its possible contradictions!
13. Tennyson's Ulysses: A Victorian Take on Greece
'Ulysses' is a very popular poem by Victorian superstar Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Watch our lesson to learn all about this portrait of a hero... or is he a major jerk?
14. Introduction to Gerard Manley Hopkins: Devout Catholicism and Sprung Rhythm
In this video, we'll introduce the 19th-century British poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. Hopkins is famous for inventing a new type of meter for poetry: sprung rhythm. We'll examine his poems and analyze how sprung rhythm works. Additionally, we'll examine the influence of Catholicism on Hopkins' poetry.
15. A Christmas Carol: Summary & Analysis
Charles Dickens' work, ''A Christmas Carol'', is probably his most well-known and beloved piece. Each year during the Christmas season, this famous story is revived once again. In this lesson, we will discover why so many people enjoy its message.
16. Adam Bede by George Eliot: Summary & Overview
In this lesson, we will learn the story of 'Adam Bede,' written by George Eliot. This story was George Eliot's first published novel, and it explores the love and loss of a young man in the 1800s.
17. Miss Havisham in Great Expectations: Description & Character Analysis
In Charles Dickens' novel, 'Great Expectations,' we meet an eccentric lady, Miss Havisham. Some may say she is simply vindictive; others may call her mentally ill. In this lesson, we'll explore the world of Miss Havisham and then test our knowledge of the character with a quiz.
18. Nicholas Nickleby by Dickens: Book Summary & Characters
In this lesson, we learn about Charles Dickens' novel 'Nicholas Nickleby.' After an overview of the characters, we examine the plot of the novel, briefly analyze some of its themes, and finish with a short quiz.
19. Pip in Great Expectations: Character Analysis & Overview
Pip is the protagonist and narrator in the popular novel ''Great Expectations'' written by Charles Dickens. In this lesson, we'll learn more about Pip's character as we follow the story of Pip's growth into a man.
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