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1. What is Prose? - Finding Meaning in Foreshadowing & Character
This literature lesson will teach you the difference between prose and other writing. You'll also learn how to analyze characters and foreshadowing to better understand the author's intentions, theme, and underlying meanings.
2. Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories
Learn how fiction is organized by length into three categories: novels, novellas and short stories. Explore the general characteristics of each type, and learn about some famous examples.
3. The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples
In this lesson, learn about fables, folktales, myths and legends, stories that entertain and serve instructive or educational purposes. Discover how these types of stories differ from one another and about their prevalence throughout the world.
4. Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms
In this lesson, you will discover that prose writing can take on different formats, from letters and diary entries to newspaper clippings and interviews. Explore how writers of both non-fiction and fiction tell stories through these different forms.
5. Author Thomas Mann: Biography, Books & Short Stories
If you think the people he writes about are interesting, you'll definitely want to meet the real character that is Thomas Mann. In this lesson, you'll find out more about the life of this German author and get to see some examples of his novels and short stories.
6. Before the Law by Kafka: Summary & Analysis
This is an overview and analysis of the plot, characters, and themes of Franz Kafka's parable 'Before the Law.' We will also discuss how 'Before the Law' features elements that are central to Kafka's body of work as a whole.
7. Borges and I: Summary & Analysis
Jorge Luis Borges was an influential Spanish short story writer. He often wrote stories with heavy philosophical underpinnings. In this lesson, we'll look at his short story, 'Borges and I,' including a summary and analysis of the text.
8. Constantin Stanislavski: Biography, Books & Facts
Learn about the style of acting developed by Russian theater director Constantin Stanislavski, who believed that an actor's performance should evolve from inner emotion. Discover the connections between the Stanislavsky system and nineteenth century theater and literature.
9. CS Lewis: Biography, Books & Poems
CS Lewis's career spanned the genre's of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction; his famous Narnia series has never been out of print since its publication, and he is considered one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. This lesson will introduce you to the author's life, discuss his contributions to literature and Christian theology, and finish with a quiz to test your knowledge.
10. D.H. Lawrence's The Rainbow: Summary & Concept
''The Rainbow'' is a controversial novel written by British author D.H. Lawrence during the early 1900s. It tells the story of three generations of the Brangwen family. Learn more about ''The Rainbow'' and then test your knowledge with a quiz.
11. Don Quixote: Summary, Characters, Themes & Author
Are you familiar with the classic scene from 'Don Quixote' where the main character attacks the windmills, mistaking them as giants? There is more to this novel, of course, and this lesson will explore its plot, characters, themes, and author.
12. Dorian Gray Character Analysis
Examine Oscar Wilde's complex character, Dorian Gray, and how his dissociations from his conscience through his own portrait transformed him into a narcissistic monster. Check your understanding at the end with a quiz.
13. Elizabeth George: Biography & Books
In this lesson, we will discuss the biography and books of mystery writer Elizabeth George. Read on to find out how Elizabeth George stands out from another writer of the same name.
14. Fathers and Sons: Themes & Analysis
This lesson provides an overview of some of the main themes in Ernest Hemingway's short story, 'Fathers and Sons.' Because of Hemingway's writing style, there are several different possible interpretations for the story, but these will get you started!
15. The Beautiful and the Damned by Fitzgerald: Summary & Analysis
F. Scott Fitzgerald's ''The Beautiful and The Damned'' explores the issues of greed and power in the context of the pre-World War I era. In this lesson you will read a brief summary and learn how to analyze the nuanced text.
16. The Good Earth: Summary, Characters, Setting & Themes
In this lesson, we will study 'The Good Earth', a novel by Pearl S. Buck. The novel is about the struggles of a Chinese family and its financial ups and downs. This prize-winning novel helped create sympathy for China during World War I.
17. The Lady with the Dog: Theme & Analysis
Wearing a costume at Halloween can be fun, but wearing a mask every day gets old after a while. Find out just how hard ongoing deception can be when you check out this lesson analyzing the theme in Anton Chekhov's 'The Lady with the Dog.'
18. The Significance of the Frontier in American History by Turner: Summary
What was so important about the frontier in American history? In this lesson, you'll learn about Frederick Jackson Turner's idea that the American frontier experience not only shaped the American character but also determined the course of history.
19. The Sorrows of Young Werther: Summary & Analysis
''The Sorrows of Young Werther,'' originally written in 1774 by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, is a novel about a young man caught in a love triangle. In this lesson, you'll find a summary of the novel and learn more about the way in which its themes inspired a literary movement!
20. Truman Capote: Biography, Books & Facts
Truman Capote is perhaps one of the most interesting American authors of the 20th century. Learn about the man behind the critically acclaimed stories.
21. Zakes Mda: Biography & Books
From banking to writing, from studying in Switzerland to film producing, Zakes Mda has done it all, and had three marriages, too! Read further to find out more about this author.
22. Spanish Baroque Literature: Authors & Examples
Writers in the Spanish Baroque period used their writing to tell the plight of the common man. In this lesson, you'll learn more about this type of literature and have a look at some authors who represent the period.
23. German Baroque Literature: Characteristics & Examples
German Baroque literature flourished from 1600-1720, alongside great social and political changes. This lesson will introduce you to the main characteristics of German literature from this period, and discuss some of its most important examples.
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