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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- What was the relationship between Medieval history and literature?
- How did Renaissance literature change England?
- Who were the major authors of the 17th and 18th centuries?
- How did Romantic prose and poetry differ from other types of literature?
- What were some of the key characters and themes found in Victorian literature?
- Which authors were most closely associated with literary modernism?
1. Introduction to Medieval Literature: Old English, Middle English, and Historical Context
We'll go over some quick medieval history to situate some of the major literary works of the time period. We're going from Caedmon and Beowulf, writing in Old English, all the way up to Sir Thomas Malory's collections of the Arthur myths in late Middle English.
2. Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works
Chances are, you've heard of the term 'Renaissance' before, but do you know what it means? Watch this video to learn about how this artistic movement forever altered England and the way we look at literature.
3. Introduction to 17th- and 18th-Century Literature: Major Authors and Works
A lot can happen in 200 years, as you'll see on our lesson that introduces you to British literature of the 17th and 18th centuries. Go from Shakespeare to the invention of the novel to the introduction of a prominent dictionary in our video below!
4. Introduction to Romantic Prose: Overview of Authors and Works
Romantic prose exists in novels, short stories and essays written during the Romantic period, specifically in England. The Romantic period lasted from about 1800 to 1840.
5. Introduction to Romantic Poetry: Overview of Authors and Works
Like the French Revolution that helped inspire it, the Romantic poetry movement signaled massive, controversial changes with ramifications that are still being felt today. Watch this video lesson for an introduction to Romantic poetry, including descriptions of the major authors and significant works.
6. Introduction to Victorian Literature: Overview of Themes, Style, and Authors
Victorian literature is literature written in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, or roughly from 1837 -1901. It is largely characterized by the struggle of working people and the triumph of right over wrong.
7. Overview of Literary Modernism: Authors, Context, and Style
This video provides an introduction to the literary movement known as Modernism. Encompassing such writers as James Joyce, T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf, Modernism developed out of a sense that the art forms of the late nineteenth-century were inadequate to describe the condition of Europe after World War I.
8. Aldous Huxley: Biography, Books & Death
Whether you're completely unfamiliar with Aldous Huxley or you'd like to get to know him a little better, this lesson can take you into a 'brave new world.' Keep reading to find our more about the life, death, and work of this famous British author!
9. Charles Kingsley: Biography, Books & Poems
Charles Kingsley was a clergy by vocation, but his writing allowed him to share his thoughts, philosophies, and fictional world with readers. We will see his strength of character as he shares his point of view.
10. John Henry Newman: Biography, Facts & Books
In the UK, the Church of England is the most common religion. However, one guy decided that he wanted to worship in the way that was best for him. He took a big step and converted to Catholicism. His decision and his writing helped to define religion and bring people together. That is the story of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman.
11. Richard Baxter: Biography & Books
Richard Baxter was an English Puritan known as a peacemaker between Anglican and Puritan factions. He was both a pastor and a prolific writer. Read on to learn more about this famed author.
12. London Bridge is Falling Down: Meaning & Origin
In this lesson, we will take a look at the origins and meaning behind the famous children's song 'London Bridge' that has been sung across the United States and Europe for centuries.
13. Jacobean Era: Theatre & Literature
The Jacobean Era was characterized by distinctive art, literature, and theatre. This lesson will examine in detail the theatre and literature of this time period.
14. Regency Period Literature: Characteristics & Definition
The Regency Period in literature gave us classics such as Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' and the poetry of Shelley and Blake. This lesson will explain what defines a work as 'Regency' and explore some of their characteristics.
15. Regency Romance Novels: Authors & History
In this lesson, we'll be looking at the historical time period of the Regency and some of the novels that emerged from this period, specifically those which are known as Romances. We will look at the connections the Romance has with the Gothic novel and the historical novel and focus on Sir Walter Scott, the most important writer of Regency Romance.
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Other chapters within the AP English Literature: Help and Review course
- AP English - Literary Analysis Intro: Help and Review
- AP English - Interpreting Literature: Help and Review
- Influences on the English Language
- Rhetorical Devices in AP English: Help and Review
- Genres in Literature
- Types of Fiction
- Types of Nonfiction
- Analytical Writing Strategies
- Strategies for Reading Technical & Functional Texts
- AP English - Prose: Help and Review
- AP English - Types of Poetry: Help and Review
- Literature in Old English & Middle English
- Literature of the English Renaissance
- Romantic Prose in British Literature
- English Literature in the 17th & 18th Century
- The Romantic Poetry Movement in English Literature
- Literature of the Turn of the Century
- Modernist Authors in English Literature
- Nonfiction Selections in English Literature
- The Oral Tradition
- AP English - American Literary Periods and Movements: Help and Review
- AP English - Examples of American Literary Analysis: Help and Review
- AP English - Examples of English Literary Analysis: Help and Review
- Grammar Review in AP English: Help and Review
- AP English - Essay Basics - Types of Essay: Help and Review
- Essay Writing Conventions for AP English: Help & Review
- Beginning the Writing Process in AP English: Help and Review
- Writing & Structuring an Essay in AP English: Help and Review
- Writing Revision and Skill Development in AP English: Help and Review
- Reading Comprehension for Test-Taking
- About the AP English Literature Test
- Literary Movements & Genres