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- Ralph Waldo Emerson's transcendental poetry
- Thoreau's Walden and 'Civil Disobedience'
- An analysis of Emily Dickinson's poetry
- The transcendental and realist poetry of Walt Whitman
- Mark Twain's biography, works and style as a regionalist writer
- Themes in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- A summary of Willa Cather's My Antonia
- Kate Chopin's The Awakening and 'The Story of an Hour'
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper'
- Edith Wharton's biography and major novels
1. Self-Reliance: Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendental Essay
This video analyzes Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay 'Self-Reliance' for characteristics of transcendental ideas, including individualism, nonconformity, and intuition.
2. Henry David Thoreau's Walden: Summary and Analysis
Henry David Thoreau was one of the most influential transcendental American writers and Walden was one of the movement's most important works. Let's explore why.
3. Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience: Summary and Analysis
Henry David Thoreau wrote the essay Civil Disobedience to show his opposition to slavery and American imperialism. His essay has influenced many prominent civil rights activists, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
4. Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis
Emily Dickinson was a well-known poet of the mid-1800s whose numerous works have stood the test of time. But what in the world did her poems really mean? In this video, we'll explore one of her most recognized pieces and analyze its meaning and purpose.
5. Walt Whitman: Transcendental and Realist Poet
Walt Whitman is now considered one of the greatest American poets of all time, but his work was not so well-loved when it first debuted. Find out what made the man and his poems so controversial.
6. Mark Twain: Biography, Works, and Style as a Regionalist Writer
In this lesson, we will learn about Mark Twain's life, his most acclaimed writings and his place as a realist and regionalist writer in this country's literary history.
7. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Plot Summary and Characters
In this lesson, we will learn about Mark Twain's most acclaimed work, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, through a close examination of characters and plot.
8. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Themes and Analysis
In this lesson, we will continue our exploration of Mark Twain's most acclaimed work, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, through an analysis of plot, characters, and theme.
9. Willa Cather's My Antonia: Summary and Analysis
In this lesson, we will examine Willa Cather's most recognizable literary work, 'My Antonia'. We will take a look at the plot of this story while considering the ways in which this modernist novel uses language and setting to reflect character relationships and emotion.
10. Kate Chopin: Biography, Works, and Style
In this lesson, we will learn about Kate Chopin, a Southern regionalist writer. First, we will consider how her life created a framework for stories that reflect early feminist values in a very traditional world, then we will look at her two most famous works, 'The Story of an Hour' and 'The Awakening.'
11. Kate Chopin's The Awakening: Summary and Analysis
In this lesson, we will examine the acclaimed feminist novel 'The Awakening' by regionalist writer Kate Chopin. We will take a look at the protagonist, who wishes for freedom from her role as traditional wife and mother, while considering the 19th century world in which the novel was written.
12. Kate Chopin's 'Story of an Hour': Summary and Analysis
In this lesson, we will examine the plot and characters of Kate Chopin's most widely read short story, 'The Story of an Hour.' We will consider the ways in which the author's topics of marriage and independence reflect her feminist sensibilities and make this an early work of feminist literature.
13. Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, we will examine the famous short story The Yellow Wallpaper. We will consider the ways in which Charlotte Perkins Gilman uses the story to communicate about her own difficult experiences post-birth. Additionally, we will discuss her use of fiction as a vehicle to reveal what she felt was the less-than-equal existence of women during the 19th century.
14. Edith Wharton: Biography and Major Novels
Who was Edith Wharton? Only the author of over 40 books and the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. In this lesson, we'll explore her life and major novels.
15. Amy Lowell: Biography & Poems
In this lesson, we'll learn about the imagist poet named Amy Lowell. We'll consider her famous works, writing styles, influences, social connections, and the context in which she was writing.
16. Characters in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens created lasting characters in his short novel 'A Christmas Carol.' Although some of his characters are ordinary, others are fantastical, such as the three ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. In this lesson, we will get to know these characters a bit better.
17. Hans Christian Andersen: Biography & Fairy Tales
Hans Christian Andersen wrote over 160 fairy tales, many of which have become beloved and classic children's stories. Read about the man behind the fairy tales, and learn about some of his more popular creations.
18. History of The Princess & The Pea
Princesses are born and not made, and Hans Christian Andersen emphasized this in ''The Princess and the Pea.'' Such a story, though, has outlasted centuries, even before Andersen penned the story for the whole world to read.
19. Beauty & The Beast: Fairy Tale: Summary & Characters
Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont's ''Beauty and the Beast'' teaches us it's important to value the good inside rather than a pretty face. Find out how she does so in this lesson, which summarizes the story and notes important characters.
20. Beauty & The Beast: Fairy Tale: Moral & Analysis
''Beauty and the Beast'' is a story about a woman who falls in love with a beast, thus transforming him. We'll learn in this lesson what the moral of this tale is and how the story presents this moral.
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