Ch 16: Analyzing & Interpreting Literary Fiction

About This Chapter

Become proficient at analyzing and interpreting literary fiction and develop the ability to arrange words so as to convey tone. These are some of the things you could be capable of after your thorough study of this chapter.

Analyzing and Interpreting Literary Fiction - Chapter Summary

When you go through the lessons this chapter, you'll learn about such diverse topics as objective and subjective tone, character classification and various kinds of figurative language. In addition to a look at the story of Cinderella and the works of the Grimm brothers, the online lessons also highlight recycled and universal literary themes. The importance of mood and setting in literary fiction is also explained. Upon completion of the lessons, you could be capable of:

  • Describing different types of fiction
  • Understanding the functions of characters
  • Exploring plots and subplots in fiction
  • Identifying plot techniques in American fiction
  • Analyzing American short stories
  • Understanding tools of tone and use of figurative language in fiction
  • drawing inferences and examining style in fiction
  • Discovering how fiction sometimes draws on themes from other works
  • Comparing fictional portrayals to historical accounts

This chapter's animated video and simple text lessons cover the topics above, but they also include other pertinent information that you can study at your convenience. With the help of your mobile technology, you can use the chapter as a portable tutor. Check out the timeline feature beneath the videos. It highlights the main topics of the lessons. Click on a section to watch an exploration of that particular subject. You'll also be able to make use of an ask-a-question feature, read over the text transcripts and take the lesson quizzes.

11 Lessons in Chapter 16: Analyzing & Interpreting Literary Fiction
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What Is Fiction? - Definition & Types

1. What Is Fiction? - Definition & Types

In this lesson, we will learn about fiction. We'll take a close look at its definitions and its types and explore the difference between literary and commercial fiction.

Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

2. Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

In this lesson, we will talk about characters and characterization. We will explore the various types of characters, examine some methods of characterization, and pay special attention to the role of dialogue.

Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots

3. Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots

This lesson explores plot in fiction. We will define the term, explore the various parts of a plot (exposition, conflict, rising action, climax, and resolution), and learn about subplots.

Plot Techniques in American Fiction: Definition and Examples

4. Plot Techniques in American Fiction: Definition and Examples

A novel's plot involves more than just what happens in the story. Authors employ a number of techniques, including foreshadowing, red herrings, backstory, and B-plots to enrich their stories.

Analyzing the American Short Story: Techniques and Examples

5. Analyzing the American Short Story: Techniques and Examples

Identifying the tone, setting, and mood in a short story can help you analyze that story. In this lesson, we'll think about those literary features in the context of a few well-known American short stories.

Interpreting Tone in Fiction

6. Interpreting Tone in Fiction

This lesson will explore tone in fiction. We will define tone, talk about various types of tone, discuss how authors communicate tone, and practice identifying the tone of some writing samples.

Style in Fiction: Dialect & Figures of Speech

7. Style in Fiction: Dialect & Figures of Speech

In this lesson, we will explore style in fiction. We will define style and explore some of the elements writers use to create their own personal styles.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

8. Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

In this lesson, we will discuss how to interpret figurative language in fiction. We will explore several types of figurative language and learn how to identify them.

Drawing Inferences in Fiction

9. Drawing Inferences in Fiction

In this lesson, we will discuss inferences in fiction. We will talk about what an inference is, learn how to make one and practice drawing inferences with some writing samples.

How Fiction Draws on Themes from Other Works

10. How Fiction Draws on Themes from Other Works

How do classic characters like Cinderella translate for our times? In this lesson, we'll discuss theme in literature, and you'll read about an example of how authors sometimes draw on themes from already existing works to appeal to contemporary audiences.

Comparing & Contrasting a Fictional Portrayal to Historical Accounts

11. Comparing & Contrasting a Fictional Portrayal to Historical Accounts

Many novels take events or people from history and treat them in a fictional manner. The author may make significant changes to the historical facts, but in doing so it can give the reader a deeper understanding of history.

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