Ch 6: British Literature of the 20th Century

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons and learn about the different aspects of 20th-century British literature. Test your knowledge of British literature from the 20th century with quick quizzes that follow each lesson.

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

Video Objective
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.

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