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Course SummaryWatch our short video lessons and prepare to earn an English Literature Certificate with this fun course. In just a couple of weeks, you'll earn a certificate you can post on your online job profile and use to highlight your reading and analytical skills to potential employers.
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About This Course
In just about two weeks you can obtain an English Literature Certificate by watching fun and succinct video lessons that bring major literary works to life. You'll examine works and authors of different literary periods and find out how to analyze different forms of literature.
Who's This For?
This course could be useful to library workers, writers, editors and those interested in refreshing their knowledge of critical works of literature.
Prerequisites aren't needed for this course.
Benefits of the Certificate
This certificate course teaches you how to analyze literature, identify major authors and recognize popular culture references to centuries-old literary works, which you might find useful in your personal and professional life. This course might help you:
- Strengthen your critical thinking skills
- Improve your ability to formulate and express opinions
- Provide you with material for social interactions
- Demonstrate your critical reading, interpretation and analytical skills to current and potential employers
English Literature Program Breakdown
Introduction to English Literature
Start off with an overview of the content you'll find in the chapters of this course.
Literary Terms and Analysis
Learn about literary movements and periods, view a glossary of terms for poetry and prose and find out how to analyze a literary passage. Get some test-taking strategies for literature exams.
Old and Middle English Literature
This chapter covers 'Beowulf' and introduces you to some of the characters from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
The Renaissance in English Literature
Discover the many works created by Shakespeare and examine works by Christopher Marlowe, Edmund Spenser and Ben Jonson.
17th and 18th Century English Literature
Explore Pilgrim's Progress and Paradise Lost, Restoration comedy and works by Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift and Ann Radcliffe.
Romantic Prose in English Literature
This chapter discusses the major works of Mary Shelley, Emily and Charlotte Bronte, Sir Walter Scott and Jane Austen.
Romantic Poetry in English Literature
Examine works by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, John Keats, William Wordsworth and William Blake.
Learn about the style and influence of Charles Dickens and explore some of his work. You can also study works by George Eliot, Robert Browning, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Gerard Manley Hopkins.
This chapter covers plays by Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw. The novels of Joseph Conrad and E.M. Forster are also discussed, along with the poetry of W.B. Yeats.
Modernism in English Literature
Explore the works of T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett. Find out about the controversy surrounding D.H. Lawrence and get a review of works by Pound, Stein and Mansfield.
Nonfiction in English Literature
This chapter examines essays by Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin. You can also discuss the works of Philip Sidney, John Ruskin and John Stuart Mill.
Analyzing English Literature
Close out the course by learning how to analyze poems, fiction, short stories and drama. Learn about common rhetorical devices and plot techniques.
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