Introduction to English Literature Course

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Instructor: Eric Chase
Study.com's English Literature course covers everything you need to know about English literature from Chaucer to Shakespeare to Austen all the way to Samuel Beckett. Watch this video to get a taste of the course's lessons and path through the rich history of English literature.

English Literature

Did you know that William Shakespeare invented over 1,700 English words in his plays and sonnets? He also coined over 100 phrases, including many we still use today, like 'off with his head' and 'vanish into thin air.' Or did you know that the epic poem Beowulf inspired hundreds of contemporary stories, including J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings?

So many aspects of present-day popular culture have their roots in literature from past centuries, and discovering these connections is one of my favorite parts of reading. In Study.com's English Literature course, my fellow instructor, Elspeth Green, and I will take you from Old English literature, through the works of Shakespeare, all the way to the modernist literature of the 20th century, showing you how different authors and periods influenced each other along the way.

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