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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- How do the major literary movements and periods differ from each other?
- What are some key literary theories and critics?
- How do you analyze and interpret a literary passage?
- What are some strategies for answering multiple-choice literary questions?
- What are the common terms used to discuss poetry and prose?
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.
2. Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements
When you hear the word 'theory,' your mind probably darts to the sciences - the theory of relativity, the theory of gravity, etc. Did you know that literature, too, is full of theory? Check out this lesson to get a basic primer on just what literary theory is, and how you might apply it.
3. 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.
4. How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies
In this lesson, we will examine test taking strategies involved in answering multiple-choice questions about literature. Breaking the process down into manageable parts, we will take a look at the literary text, the question itself, and then the given choices.
5. Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose
The study of literature is a broad, diverse field. However, there's some general knowledge you should have before you dive in. Check out these terms to get a handle on the basics of prose study.
6. Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry
Before you start your study of poetry, you'll want to have these technical, literary and genre terms at your disposal. Read on to learn the basics of analyzing poetry!
7. Indirect Characterization: Definition & Examples
In children's stories, the author might directly describe a character as either 'evil' or 'kind-hearted.' But in more advanced works, the author usually describes how characters behave to show their personality. This is an example of indirect characterization, which is the focus of this lesson.
8. Ann Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho: Summary & Analysis
This lesson will help you explore Ann Radcliffe's novel The Mysteries of Udolpho. You'll identify and analyze some of its major themes, including the Gothic and the picturesque literary forms. Afterward, you can test your knowledge with a short quiz.
9. Character Analysis in Literature: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you will learn about the different aspects that go into creating a comprehensive character analysis. Three main factors are discussed as well as an example to tie it all together.
10. Cyrano de Bergerac: Themes & Analysis
You might think Cyrano is just a boisterous windbag, but you couldn't be further from the truth! Keep reading to discover the major themes in Cyrano de Bergerac, along with an analysis of Edmond Rostand's dramatic masterpiece.
11. Situational Irony in Literature: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you will review the definition and purpose of irony in literature. Furthermore, you will look closer at situational irony and analyze examples.
12. Stream of Consciousness in Literature: Definition & Examples
Of all the tools authors use to draw readers into their characters' lives, one of the most useful is stream of consciousness narration. This lesson takes a closer look at that technique and provides two prominent examples of its use.
13. The Plague: Summary & Setting
Albert Camus' gritty philosophical masterpiece, The Plague, tells of the horror and suffering that accompanied a plague as it swept through 1940s Algeria. This lesson will focus on the summary and setting of the novel.
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Other chapters within the AP English Literature: Help and Review course
- 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 - English Literary Periods and Movements: 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