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British Literature of the 20th Century
There are many great writers that first made a splash in British literature in the 20th century. These authors are the main focus of this chapter. As you study them, you'll be introduced to the characteristics that mark this time period. You'll also study some of the more prominent writers, such as Beckett, Woolf and Joyce. These lessons will help you learn more about their writing styles and give you some insight into their lives. By the end of this chapter, you'll have learned about:
- The biographies of James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and Samuel Beckett
- The evolution of Joyce's style
- The experimental style of Woolf
- How Beckett actually fits into two different writing movements
- The structure and style of Ulysses
|Stream-of-Consciousness||Study authors from 20th-century British literature that include Woolf, Beckett and Joyce.|
|Introduction to James Joyce: Life and Evolution of Style||Explore the life of Joyce and see how his style changed over time.|
|Introduction to Virginia Woolf: Life and Works||Examine this author, including her involvement with the Bloomsbury Group and the evolution of her experimental style.|
|Introduction to Samuel Beckett: Life, Plays, and Novels||Take a look at this author and playwright's style and his balance between Modernism and Postmodernism.|
|Ulysses: Structure, Style, and Characters||Analyze Joyce's changing style over the course of the piece, along with the plot and characters.|
1. Introduction to James Joyce: Life and Evolution of Style
In this lesson, we'll get familiar with James Joyce's life and works. We'll trace how his biography influences his major novels and how his style changes over time.
2. Introduction to Virginia Woolf: Life and Works
This lesson introduces Virginia Woolf's life and works. We'll cover her involvement with the Bloomsbury Group and the evolution of her experimental style across works like Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, and the Waves.
3. Introduction to Samuel Beckett: Life, Plays, and Novels
This video will introduce the late modernist author and playwright Samuel Beckett. A close friend of James Joyce, Beckett's works typically portray a meaningless, absurd existence. This is epitomized in his most famous work, 'Waiting for Godot.'
4. Ulysses: Structure, Style, and Characters
For James Joyce's masterpiece, we'll look at the differences between protagonists Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom, understand what Homer's Odyssey has to do with the structure, and talk about the novel's ever-shifting style.
5. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by Blake: Summary & Poem Analysis
We'll take a tour of Blake's visionary book of writings and illustrations, 'The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.' Along the way we'll investigate the text's themes, symbolism, and images.
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