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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a 20th Century Literature unit of a standard 11th grade English course. Topics covered include:
- Oscar Wilde
- Virginia Woolf
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Ernest Hemingway
- William Faulkner
- John Steinbeck
- Eugene O'Neill
1. Introduction to Oscar Wilde: Plays, Novels, and Sexuality
From ''The Picture of Dorian Gray'' to the ''Importance of Being Earnest'', Oscar Wilde left an indelible mark on literature and theater. In this lesson, you'll learn all about the Victorian author.
2. Conrad's Heart of Darkness: Plot, Characters, and Style
Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' is one of the most read and taught stories in the English language. It also inspired a hugely popular film. Watch our lesson to learn all about this horrifying classic.
3. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock: Overview and Analysis
This video introduces T.S. Eliot's poem, 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.' It outlines the general setup of the poem, its enigmatic lead character and its stylistic characteristics. It also highlights key passages.
4. The Waste Land: Structure and Style Explained
As an introduction to T.S. Eliot's landmark poem, 'The Waste Land,' this lesson will outline some of the key Modernist features of the work. We'll address nonlinearity, irony and juxtaposition, voice, and allusions. Through taking a look at each of these features, we'll try to understand why 'The Waste Land' is as strange as it is important.
5. Introduction to Virginia Woolf: Life and Works
This lesson introduces Virginia Woolf's life and works. We'll cover her involvement with the Bloomsbury Group and the evolution of her experimental style across works like Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, and the Waves.
6. Mrs. Dalloway: Analysis of Characters and Style
This lesson outlines the characters, major plot points and style of Virginia Woolf's 1925 novel 'Mrs. Dalloway.' We'll discuss how free indirect discourse informs both the style and substance of the novel, and how memory and interpretation are valued more highly than relaying concrete events.
7. F. Scott Fitzgerald: Biography and Works
F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote one of the defining American novels: 'The Great Gatsby.' Yet, his personal life was tumultuous and filled with struggles. In this lesson, we'll explore his major works and his life story.
8. The Great Gatsby: Summary, Themes, Symbols, and Character
F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby' is considered by many critics to be the greatest American novel. Watch our video lesson on the novel to find out why!
9. Ernest Hemingway: Biography, Works, and Style
American author Ernest Hemingway used the experiences from his rich and colorful life to inform his novels and short stories. Learn about how life and major works.
10. Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms: Summary and Analysis
Ernest Hemingway's ''A Farewell to Arms'' is considered by some critics to be the best novel written in the WWI era. Learn why readers still love this story almost a century later.
11. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Hemingway: Summary and Analysis
Civil war in Spain, love in the woods, and death everywhere. It's Ernest Hemingway's 'For Whom the Bell Tolls.' In this lesson, we'll explore the acclaimed novel about an American in the Spanish Civil War.
12. William Faulkner: Biography, Books, and Style
William Faulkner towers above American literature, particularly American literature of the South. In this lesson, we'll explore his life and review his major works and style.
13. John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath and Other Works
John Steinbeck is one of the 20th century's most celebrated authors. In this lesson, we'll look at Steinbeck's most famous work, 'The Grapes of Wrath.' We'll also discuss his style and consider his other major works.
14. Of Mice and Men: Summary and Analysis of Steinbeck's Style
John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men' is one of the most enduring American stories of friendship. Watch this video lesson to learn about its characters, main plot events and key themes.
15. Eugene O'Neill: Biography and Major Plays
Winner of four Pulitzer Prizes and one Nobel Prize, playwright Eugene O'Neill is a major figure in American drama. In this lesson, we'll look at his tumultuous life and review the most notable plays from his acclaimed career.
16. A Country Doctor by Franz Kafka: Summary & Analysis
Have you ever read the work of Franz Kafka and thought 'What on earth did I just read?' Worry not! In this lesson, you will learn an overview of ''A Country Doctor'' and an analysis of its style, themes, and possible meaning.
17. Faulkner's Light in August: Summary & Quotes
William Faulkner's novel ''Light in August'', published in 1931, depicts people driven by fear, bigotry, and love. Faulkner reveals the complex motives driving these characters as their lives intersect in a small Mississippi town in the 1920s.
18. Kafka's A Hunger Artist: Summary & Analysis
If you've ever heard or used the term, 'starving artist', you may find yourself drawn to Franz Kafka's well-known short story, ''A Hunger Artist.'' In this lesson, you'll find a synopsis of its plot and an analysis of its major themes, as well as the chance to test your own knowledge of ''The Hunger Artist'' with a brief quiz.
19. All Quiet on the Western Front: Characters & Quotes
Erich Maria Remarque's 'All Quiet on the Western Front' is one of the most famous anti-war novels of all time. Even today, the book holds a special place in literature as a great criticism of World War One and its effects on those who fought in the war. Please read on to learn about some of the major characters and important quotes from the novel!
20. All the King's Men by Warren: Summary, Characters & Analysis
Robert Penn Warren's 1947 novel ''All the King's Men,'' about a corrupt politician modeled after real-life Louisiana governor Huey P. Long, is considered one of the greatest American political novels ever written. Find out more in this lesson.
21. Erich Maria Remarque: Biography & Works
German author Erich Maria Remarque, known for his novel ''All Quiet on the Western Front'', was a famous author who wrote several novels, short stories, and screenplays. At the end of this lesson, you will have some background information about Remarque, who not only wrote great literature, but also fought in World War I with Adolf Hitler.
22. The Plague by Albert Camus: Characters
As the name implies, The Plague is a serious novel featuring death and disease. It has a large cast of characters that each contribute to the storyline. This lesson discusses these characters and their role in the story while giving you a bit of context about the novel.
23. What is Symbolism in Literature? - Definition, Types & Examples
Symbolism is a literary element used in literature to help readers understand a literary work. Learn more about the definition of symbolism and the different types of symbolism used in literature, then test your knowledge with a quiz.
Literary Symbols List & Flashcards
Symbolism is used throughout literature to heighten meaning and add description. This set of flashcards is designed to help a literature student to recognize some of the most commonly used literary symbols and to identify what they can represent.
25. Anaphora in Literature: Definition, Effect & Examples
Learn what anaphora means in literature and in the greater world. Look at real examples from poetry and politics, then take a quiz to test your comprehension.
26. Dave Barry: Biography, Books & Essays
Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and columnist. Barry's work has appeared in over 500 newspapers, and he has published dozens of books. In this lesson, we will look at his life, books, and essays.
27. The Watsons Go to Birmingham: Summary, Characters & Theme
Christopher Paul Curtis' novel ''The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963'' tells the story of one family's trip to the South, where its youngest member is involved in one of the darkest incidents in American history. This lesson summarizes this work of historical fiction and details its characters and theme.
28. The Bridge of San Luis Rey: Summary & Analysis
There is so much to be discovered inside the covers of Thornton Wilder's 'The Bridge of San Luis Rey' that one barely knows where to begin. In this lesson, we will have a summary and a short analysis of the book's main motif and theme.
29. The Bridge of San Luis Rey: Characters & Quotes
Interested in the lives of the characters in 'The Bridge of San Luis Rey'? Look no further! In this lesson, you'll meet some of the key players and get a little insight into their personalities through the use of quotes.
30. Mishima's Temple of the Golden Pavilion: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, we will summarize and analyze 'Temple of the Golden Pavilion' by Yukio Mishima. This Japanese novel is loosely based on an actual event in which the Golden Pavilion was destroyed by arson.
31. Patriotism by Yukio Mishima: Summary & Analysis
The concepts of love and loyalty can mean various things to different people in different cultures. In this lesson we will learn about the short story, ''Patriotism'' by Yukio Mishima, and analyze what those words mean to the main characters.
32. Patriotism by Yukio Mishima: Characters & Themes
Yukio Mishima's short story 'Patriotism' is a story detailing the life of Lieutenant Shinji Takeyama and his role in a cou de tat. Discover how the main characters in the novel create a narrative that shapes the idea of honor and devotion to one's country.
33. The Stranger by Albert Camus: Characters & Quotes
The characters in Albert Camus' ''The Stranger,'' with the exception of Meursault, belong to their community. They are passionate and interact with one another. Meursault stands apart, indifferent to his environment, thereby standing among the other characters of the novel as a stranger, or outsider.
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