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Authors and titles you'll become familiar with:
- Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice
- Charlotte and Emily Bronte
- Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights
- Mary Shelley and Frankenstein
- Literary influence and style of Charles Dickens
- A Tale of Two Cities
- David Copperfield
- Great Expectations
- Oliver Twist
- George Eliot and Middlemarch
- Daniel Defoe
- Jonathan Swift
- Joseph Conrad and Heart of Darkness
- E.M. Forster and A Passage to India
1. Jane Austen: Biography and Major Novels
When you hear the name Jane Austen, you probably think about long dresses, stuffy tea parties, and British accents - unless you don't know who she is. In that case, you really need to watch this video about the writer's life and works.
2. Pride and Prejudice: Plot and Character Analysis
In this lesson, we'll go over the quintessential romantic comedy, Pride and Prejudice. We'll take a look at all of the factors conspiring to keep Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy apart as well as read some of Jane Austen's sparkling prose.
3. Emily and Charlotte Bronte: Sisters and Authors
Long before JK Rowling dreamed up Fred and George Weasley, Charlotte and Elizabeth Bronte accomplished impressive things as siblings. Their family history is a sad one, though, and their feelings of loss are evident in their most famous novels, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.
4. Wuthering Heights: Plot Overview and Character Analysis
'Wuthering Heights' is Emily Bronte's only published novel, but if you're only going to publish one novel in your lifetime, this is a good one. Follow along as this lesson introduces you to the plot, characters and other aspects of this novel.
5. Jane Eyre: Summary, Characters and Analysis
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, was first published in 1847 under Bronte's pseudonym, Currier Bell. It's about a girl named - not surprisingly - Jane Eyre, and it's a bildungsroman, a coming-of-age story that follows Jane from childhood through motherhood. Many elements of Jane's life are similar to events in Charlotte Bronte's life. Because the work features a strong-willed and intelligent woman, it's often considered to be an early feminist text.
6. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Literature vs. Film
FIRE BAD! That may be the depth of your experience with Frankenstein. But before he broke into pop culture, the character had a rich literary history. Watch our lesson to learn more!
7. Introduction to Charles Dickens: Works, Style, and Influence
Ebenezer Scrooge. Oliver Twist. Miss Havisham. David Copperfield. These are among literature's most fascinating figures, and they were all created by the same author. Watch this lesson to learn more about one of the English language's greatest authors, Charles Dickens.
8. A Tale of Two Cities: Dickens' Novel of the French Revolution
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. In this video lesson, learn about A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens' classic novel about the French Revolution.
9. Dickens' Great Expectations: Plot, Characters, and Social Class
In 'Great Expectations,' young Pip has big dreams and lofty goals. All that's standing in his way is pretty much everyone he meets, as well as himself. Watch this lesson to learn more about this classic Charles Dickens novel.
10. David Copperfield: Dickens' Bildungsroman
The novel 'David Copperfield' is a coming of age story full of wicked villains, noble friends and true love. Watch this lesson to learn more about the novel that Dickens considered his best.
11. Oliver Twist: Plot and Characters in Dickens' Social Novel
It's Oliver Twist, the tale of an orphan boy who's mistreated, kidnapped once or twice, and saved once or twice, but all along never loses his plucky optimism. Watch this lesson to find out more!
12. Introduction to George Eliot: Life and Major Works
Mary Ann Evans, aka George Eliot, is one of the premiere writers of Victorian England. Watch this video lesson to see how she combined her interests in realism and rural life into an epic output of novels.
13. Middlemarch: Eliot's Novel of Provincial Life
In this lesson, we'll introduce the characters and many twisted plotlines of George Eliot's classic novel, 'Middlemarch.' Called the only Victorian novel 'written for grown-up people' by Virginia Woolf, this work is both expansive and highly realistic.
14. Introduction to Daniel Defoe: Biography and Major Works
Castaways, pirates, spies and political prisoners. Some of it is fiction and some of it is the author's real life. In this lesson, you'll learn more about Daniel Defoe, one of England's most prolific and exciting authors.
15. Jonathan Swift and Satire: Examples and Analysis
When it comes to English-language satire, few authors can top the legendary Jonathan Swift. Watch this lesson to learn about his two most important works, ~'A Modest Proposal~' and ~'Gulliver's Travels~'.
16. Conrad's Heart of Darkness: Plot, Characters, and Style
Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' is one of the most read and taught stories in the English language. It also inspired a hugely popular film. Watch our lesson to learn all about this horrifying classic.
17. Introduction to E.M. Forster: Overview of Life and Works
E.M. Forster is one of the most celebrated British novelists of the 20th century. In particular, his depictions of class issues struck a chord with many readers - and continue to do so today. Watch this lesson for an overview of his six key novels!
18. A Passage to India: Forster's Treatment of Colonialism
'A Passage to India' is one of E.M. Forster's most celebrated novels. Watch this lesson to see why this sad story of British colonialism has stuck with audiences for almost a century.
19. Daphne du Maurier: Biography & Books
British author Daphne du Maurier published her first novel in 1931. From that point on, she produced a variety of novels, short stories, and non-fiction books. This lesson will look at her life and works. It will also define Gothic literature.
20. Elizabeth Gaskell: Biography & Books
This lesson discusses the Victorian era writer Elizabeth Gaskell, as well as how her writing was descriptive of society at the time. Read the lesson to learn more about this iconic, 19th century writer, then test your new-found knowledge with a quiz.
21. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Author Biography, Books & Facts
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is best known for his mystery series 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.' In this lesson, we will learn about the life of this fascinating author.
22. The Longest Journey by E.M. Forster: Summary
In this lesson, we will summarize 'The Longest Journey' by E.M. Forster. First, we'll provide a short overview of the novel. Then we will work through a detailed summary of its three-part plot.
23. The Mayor of Casterbridge: Summary, Characters, Themes & Analysis
Thomas Hardy's novel 'The Mayor of Casterbridge' addresses the theme of remorse, the desire for redemption, and the challenge of atoning for the past. In this lesson, we will explore this masterpiece of Victorian English literature.
24. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens: Summary & Overview
In this lesson, we'll explore plot details and relevant characters in Charles Dickens's ''The Old Curiosity Shop.'' We'll also study some of the novel's interesting structural elements.
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