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Literary Analysis & Movements Flashcards

Literary Analysis & Movements Flashcards
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Allegory
A literary device used to symbolize a concept as a character, or even an event. This was often used in morality plays during the Middle Ages.
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Hansberry
This playwright found success as an African-American woman writing what's referred to as minority theatre. She wrote the play A Raisin in the Sun.
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Ibsen
This playwright wrote in a realistic style, and his plays often eschewed a happy ending. He's known for writing A Doll's House.
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Goethe
A German playwright who worked in the Romantic period. Faust is his most well-known work.
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Molière
A French playwright working during the Renaissance around the same time as Shakespeare. His plays were known for making fun of important people.
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Changes in Theatre from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance
During this time period, the theatre shifted away from stories focused on morality that were guided by the Church and moved toward stories that were made for entertainment purposes.
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Asides
Playwrights can use this technique to communicate character motivation. It involves one character directly addressing the audience; other characters are around but do not hear the one speaking.
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Soliloquies
This occurs in a play when a character is speaking his or her thoughts while completely alone on the stage, and it can help audiences understand a character's internal conflict.
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Flashcard Content Overview

You can use the flashcards in this set to review the differences between types of literary criticism, such as formalism and postmodernism. Authors like Ibsen, Hansberry, George Eliot, Henry David Thoreau and Shakespeare will be covered. You'll also be able to consider how theatre changed over time. Additionally, these flashcards will focus on literary devices, such as soliloquies, asides and allegories.

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Soliloquies
This occurs in a play when a character is speaking his or her thoughts while completely alone on the stage, and it can help audiences understand a character's internal conflict.
Asides
Playwrights can use this technique to communicate character motivation. It involves one character directly addressing the audience; other characters are around but do not hear the one speaking.
Changes in Theatre from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance
During this time period, the theatre shifted away from stories focused on morality that were guided by the Church and moved toward stories that were made for entertainment purposes.
Molière
A French playwright working during the Renaissance around the same time as Shakespeare. His plays were known for making fun of important people.
Goethe
A German playwright who worked in the Romantic period. Faust is his most well-known work.
Ibsen
This playwright wrote in a realistic style, and his plays often eschewed a happy ending. He's known for writing A Doll's House.
Hansberry
This playwright found success as an African-American woman writing what's referred to as minority theatre. She wrote the play A Raisin in the Sun.
Allegory
A literary device used to symbolize a concept as a character, or even an event. This was often used in morality plays during the Middle Ages.
Formalism in Literary Theory
This theory of literary criticism was developed in Russia and opposes Romantic ideas. This theory values the text above all else and doesn't focus on the author.
Postmodernist Authors
Hunter S. Thompson
David Foster Wallace
Bret Easton Ellis
Kurt Vonnegut
Postmodernism
This method of literary criticism focuses on studying differences and discussing the role of socially marginalizing individuals, or those treated as Others, in literature.
William Shakespeare
This playwright penned his works in the Renaissance, which took place in the 16th and 17th centuries and was characterized by a burst of cultural growth.
Geoffrey Chaucer
Writing in the Medieval Period, this author wrote a collection of stories titled The Canterbury Tales.
Voltaire
This writer penned Candide during the Enlightenment, a period that focused on logic and intellectual discourse.
Henry David Thoreau
This American author was part of the transcendentalist movement, which fit into the period of Romanticism.
George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)
An author who wrote novels and poetry in the Victorian period, along with Charles Dickens
Miracle and Mystery Plays
Plays in this style were performed during the Middle Ages. They focused on biblical stories and the saints in order to teach moral concepts.

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