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Ch 26: Analyzing Literary Texts

About This Chapter

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.

14 Lessons in Chapter 26: 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

When it comes to studying literature, there's about 1500 years of it to take in - and that's just in the English language! Fortunately, you can check out our crash course of key literary movements to see how the art form has developed over time.

How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

2. How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this lesson, we will examine the steps involved in the basic analysis of literature. Then, using a well-known fable, we will go through each step of analysis: comprehension, interpreting and drawing conclusions.

Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

3. Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

In this lesson, we will discuss how to find and interpret literary meaning in writings. The lesson will focus on using the text to find key elements to guide your interpretation.

What is Plot? - Examples & Definition

4. What is Plot? - Examples & Definition

Plot is a literary term that refers to how narrative points are arranged to make a story understandable to the reader or observer. This lesson will look at the definition of plot, as well as examples of plot from well-known stories.

Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples

5. Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples

In this lesson, you'll review the important elements of a story. In particular, you'll learn about the components of the setting and its importance within the plot.

What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples

6. What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples

This lesson will assist you in identifying and understanding the components of flashbacks found in literature. See examples of flashbacks, and then test your understanding through a quiz.

What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

7. What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

Learn about how authors use foreshadowing, both subtle and direct, as part of their storytelling process. Explore many examples of foreshadowing, from classical plays to contemporary stories.

Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

8. 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.

Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

9. Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

Learn how point of view, or the angle from which a story is told, impacts the narrative voice of a work of literature. Explore, through examples, how point of view can be limited, objective, or omniscient.

Point of View in Fiction: First Person, Third Person & More

10. Point of View in Fiction: First Person, Third Person & More

In this lesson, we will explore point of view in fiction. We will learn about several possible points of view (first person, second person, and third person) and practice identifying them.

What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

11. What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

Understanding a story's theme is critical to deciphering an author's message in a particular piece of writing. In this lesson, we will examine the idea of theme and look at some examples in actual literary works.

Style in Fiction: Dialect & Figures of Speech

12. 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.

Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

13. Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

In this lesson, you'll learn how authors can influence the meaning and the emotional effect of a sentence just by choosing the right words or by making references and comparisons. You'll learn the appropriate literary terms along with examples for each.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

14. 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.

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