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19th-Century British Short Stories - Chapter Summary
Explore the lessons in this chapter to review significant 19th-century British short stories. After defining the elements and techniques of British short stories, you'll analyze the works of George Eliot, Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde. The chapter is entirely self-paced, and you can study on any device that has an Internet connection. We've included a handful of self-assessment quizzes throughout the chapter to help you retain your understanding of these literary concepts. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be able to:
- Analyze common techniques used in British short stories
- Evaluate the life and works of author George Eliot
- Analyze Eliot's ''Silas Marner''
- Summarize the history of detective fiction
- Identify important Sherlock Holmes books and characters
- Assess the literary significance of Arthur Conan Doyle's ''Adventures of Sherlock Holmes''
- Compare types of literary satire
- Identify important plays and novels by Oscar Wilde
- Analyze Wilde's ''The Selfish Giant'' and ''The Nightingale & the Rose''
1. Analyzing the British Short Story: Techniques & Examples
How do short story writers set their stories up to get a reader's reaction? View this lesson to find out about the techniques that are common in British short stories, including tone, dialogue, and setting.
2. Detective Fiction: Definition, History & Authors
In this lesson, we will define detective fiction and its characteristics, examine the history of this genre, and look at some of the major authors. We will also discuss how the genre, though still popular, has changed today.
3. Sherlock Holmes: Books, Characters & Author
In this lesson, you'll learn about Sherlock Holmes, the brilliant, iconic sleuth created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and featured in many of his novels and short stories. You'll also get an introduction to Holmes's crime-solving associate.
4. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle: Summary & Explanation
Although Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote several novels throughout his lifetime, none of his works were as well-received as his series of 'Sherlock Holmes' stories in which he created the famous, logical detective with his level-headed assistant, Doctor Watson.
5. Satire in British Short Stories: Elements & Examples
Laughter can be a very powerful force. Read this lesson to discover how British authors have used satire to direct laughter at creating social change.
6. The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde: Theme & Analysis
Oscar Wilde's short story 'The Selfish Giant' has been enjoyed by generations of children as a fable about selfishness and redemption. This lesson will look at some of the hidden meanings beneath the children's story.
7. The Nightingale & the Rose: Themes & Analysis
Oscar Wilde explores some pretty deep thoughts in 'The Nightingale and the Rose.' In this lesson, we'll delve in and analyze some of what he has to say about love, sacrifice, true faith, and materialism.
8. The Nightingale & the Rose Symbolism
In Oscar Wilde's short story 'The Nightingale and the Rose,' a young student obtains a red rose through the sacrifice of a noble nightingale. The story is easier for the reader to understand through its use of symbols. Read further to explore this story and the symbols: the red rose, the nightingale, the student, and the love.
9. Scientific Romance in 19th-Century British Short Stories
How did science fiction begin? In this lesson, we'll explore one of the predecessors to science fiction, scientific romance. We'll look at what it was, and how British short stories in the 1800s represented the genre.
10. The Chronic Argonauts by H.G. Wells: Summary & Analysis
Every type of story started somewhere. In this lesson, we'll examine the origins of the manmade time machine in literature. We'll explore H.G. Wells' story 'The Chronic Argonauts' and its main character.
11. Required Assignments Reminder
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Other chapters within the English 310: Short Stories course
- Introduction to English 310: Short Stories
- Short Story Analysis
- Historical Precursors to the Short Story
- 19th-Century Romantic Short Stories
- 19th-Century Russian Realism in Short Stories
- 19th & Early 20th-Century American Naturalist Short Stories
- Early 20th-Century Feminist Short Stories
- Post-WWI Short Stories
- Literary Modernist Short Stories
- Short Stories in Multicultural Literature
- Short Stories in Postcolonial Literature
- Required Assignments for English 310
- Studying for English 310