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Ch 13: Analyzing Literary Texts

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This chapter breaks down the major steps involved in literary analysis in its engaging video lessons. Plot, theme and setting are among the key literary elements reviewed.

Analyzing Literary Texts - Chapter Summary

The videos in this chapter will renew your familiarity with the major literary periods in history, including some of the most well-known writers during those times. Another focus of the chapter revolves around how to figure out an author's intended meaning. The key components of style in fiction are broken down in a separate lesson. By the time you complete the chapter, you also will have seen these associated topics:

  • What a flashback is
  • Kinds of foreshadowing
  • Characterization
  • Types of narration
  • The different points of view
  • Various figurative language types

This chapter's video lessons may be viewed from various devices besides computers, such as tablets and smartphones. You can easily pinpoint any video portions to look over another time with the video tags. The practice quizzes across the chapter assess your understanding of each lesson's key terms.

5 Lessons in Chapter 13: Analyzing Literary Texts
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

1. Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

Western literature has many historical periods and stylistic movements from the Medieval period (circa 600-1500) through today. Discover the history, styles, and significant authors of Western literature during the Medieval Period, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Romanticism, Victorianism, Modernism, and Postmodernism.

Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements

2. Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements

Literary criticism is less about negative commentary and more of an art form in which one participates in an art that responds to other forms of art. Explore some of the major types of literary theory and movements, including formalism, New Criticism, Deconstructionism, Postmodernism, Feminist Theory, Queer Theory, Marxism, and Post-Colonialism.

Literary Criticism: Definition, Examples & Forms

3. Literary Criticism: Definition, Examples & Forms

Literary criticism provides guidelines for analyzing, interpreting, and evaluating literary texts. Dive deep into the definition and different forms of literary criticism, learn why literary criticism is important, and read some examples of different forms of literary criticism. Dissect the hallmark characteristics of traditional critics, sociological critics, Marxist critics, New criticism, and reader-response criticism.

Evaluating Rhetorical Devices in Writing

4. Evaluating Rhetorical Devices in Writing

In this lesson, we will study a variety of rhetorical devices that commonly appear in written texts. We will look at rhetoric on the level of sounds, words, sentences, and figures of speech.

Literary Devices: Definition & Examples

5. Literary Devices: Definition & Examples

Literary devices are narrative techniques that convey information and add texture to a piece of writing. Explore the definition of literary examples and see examples including allusion, diction, epigraph, euphemism, foreshadowing, imagery, metaphor, personification, point-of-view, and structure.

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