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Ch 12: Analyzing English Literature

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Watch video lessons and learn about methods of analyzing English literature. The self-assessment quizzes that follow these lessons can help you test your understanding of the materials.

Analyzing English Literature - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The idea of analyzing English literature may seem daunting; however, in this series of video lessons, you'll learn key literary devices and techniques that you can identify and use as building blocks in constructing your analysis. An experienced instructor will lead you step-by-step through common characteristics of poetry, short stories, novels, and plays. see for yourself how British writers use simile, flashback, unreliable narrators, and more to make their point, drive the action, or support their chosen theme. Lessons use actual examples from well-known British writers and their works, such as Oscar Wilde, John Keats, Shakespeare, and Katherine Mansfield, and pieces such as A Modest Proposal and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Learn how to apply literary analysis techniques so that you can read and interpret works independently. In these lessons, you'll learn things like:

  • How to identify types of British literature by format
  • Common literary devices used in British literature
  • How to perform literary analysis on various kinds of works
  • Significant works of major British writers

Video Objective
Analyzing British Poetry: Terms and Examples Describe how major British poets used literary techniques to convey meaning in their works.
Identifying Forms in English Poetry Discuss the characteristic use of rhyme, meter, etc., using the works of well-known British poets as examples.
Role of the Narrator in British Novels: Types and Examples Outline the purposes and possible characteristics of narrators in novels.
Plot Techniques in British Fiction: Definition and Examples Understand how plot is used to advance a story; explain plot-based storytelling tools like red herrings and foreshadowing.
Analyzing the British Short Story: Techniques and Examples Describe common characteristics of short stories, and how and why they are put to use.
Analyzing British Drama: Techniques and Plays List playwriting techniques, and explain their usage (i.e., flashback, monologue).
Rhetorical Device: Definition and Examples Understand rhetorical devices such as pathos and irony.

6 Lessons in Chapter 12: Analyzing English Literature
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Analyzing British Poetry: Terms & Examples

1. Analyzing British Poetry: Terms & Examples

Poetry can be difficult to understand, but there are certain techniques that can help you analyze poetry. In this lesson, we'll lay out a plan for how to approach a poem and how to understand what it means.

Identifying Forms in English Poetry

2. Identifying Forms in English Poetry

Why do some poems rhyme, while others don't? What makes poems look and sound different from each other? Watch this lesson to find out the skinny on poetic form, specifically the role that meter and rhyme plays in English poetry.

Role of the Narrator in British Novels: Types & Examples

3. Role of the Narrator in British Novels: Types & Examples

When you read a novel, do you ever think about who is telling the story? In this lesson, we'll examine the role of the narrator in British novels, including various points of view and what happens when a narrator isn't reliable or unbiased.

Plot Techniques in British Fiction: Definition & Examples

4. Plot Techniques in British Fiction: Definition & Examples

If every book has a beginning, middle, and ending, how do they all end up so different? In this lesson, we'll examine plot techniques used by British authors, including backstory, foreshadowing, red herrings, and subplots.

Analyzing the British Short Story: Techniques & Examples

5. 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.

Analyzing British Drama: Techniques & Plays

6. Analyzing British Drama: Techniques & Plays

What elements make a play unique? In this lesson, we'll look at some famous British plays and the components that comprise them, including the difference between monologues and soliloquys as well as the use of dramatic irony and foils.

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