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Ch 7: British Prose for 12th Grade

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Watch online video lessons to learn about a wide range of British writers. Each lesson is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz you can use to check your understanding of prose by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, E.M. Forster and more.

British Prose for 12th Grade - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

You can learn about the non-poetry works of major British authors with the lessons in this chapter. Find out about the Brontë sisters, the woman who wrote about Frankenstein's monster, several authors who used their writings to express political or social views, and why a woman writer chose to hide behind a man's 'pen name.' At the end of this chapter, you should know about:

  • The life and major works of Jane Austen
  • How Mary Shelley's book, entitled Frankenstein, compares to the movie
  • Why Mary Ann Evans chose to be known by the 'pen name' George Eliot
  • Several authors' handling of the French Revolution and Colonialism in their writings

Video Objective
Jane Austen: Biography and Major Novels Learn about Jane Austen's life and explore six of her major novels.
Pride and Prejudice: Plot and Character Analysis Meet the main characters in this novel by Austen, in addition to finding out about the plot.
Emily and Charlotte Brontë: Sisters and Authors Compare and contrast the individuals and their works.
Wuthering Heights: Plot Overview and Character Analysis Meet the main characters of this novel. Find out why this work is so unique to Emily Brontë, as opposed to her sister.
Jane Eyre: Summary, Characters and Analysis Explore what makes this story unusual, with its orphans, disease and deranged woman in the attic.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Literature vs. Film Compare the novel to many questionable movie versions. Learn that Frankenstein is the doctor and not the monster.
Introduction to Charles Dickens: Works, Style, and Influence Find out how Dickens' work was received at the time, compared to current opinion.
A Tale of Two Cities: Dickens' Novel of the French Revolution Explore the plot, characters and themes in this well-known work by Dickens.
Dickens' Great Expectations: Plot, Characters, and Social Class Find out what the title 'Great Expectations' means.
David Copperfield: Dickens' Bildungsroman Learn why David Copperfield is considered a 'coming of age' story.
Oliver Twist: Plot and Characters in Dickens' Social Novel This lesson shows how Dickens exposed social problems in Oliver Twist.
Middlemarch: Eliot's Novel of Provincial Life Find out why the subtitle, 'A Study of Provincial Life' explains the theme of this novel.
Introduction to Daniel Defoe: Biography and Major Works Meet Defoe and learn about his well-known writings.
Introduction to Jonathan Swift: Biography, Gulliver and a Modest Proposal Find out about Swift's major works and the names used in Gulliver's Travels.
Introduction to George Eliot: Life and Major Works Meet this author and find out why she chose to use a man's name.
Conrad's Heart of Darkness: Plot, Characters, and Style Look at this book's summary and writing style. Analyze the novel's ending.
A Passage to India: Forster's Treatment of Colonialism Learn about the plot and characters in this novel. Find out what is meant by 'colonialism.'
Introduction to E.M. Forster: Overview of Life and Works This lesson explores the author's life and introduces his major works.

18 Lessons in Chapter 7: British Prose for 12th Grade
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Jane Austen: Biography and Major Novels

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.

Pride and Prejudice: Plot and Character Analysis

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.

Emily and Charlotte Bronte: Sisters and Authors

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.

Wuthering Heights: Plot Overview and Character Analysis

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.

Jane Eyre: Summary, Characters and Analysis

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.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Literature vs. Film

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!

Introduction to Charles Dickens: Works, Style, and Influence

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.

A Tale of Two Cities: Dickens' Novel of the French Revolution

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.

Dickens' Great Expectations: Plot, Characters, and Social Class

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.

David Copperfield: Dickens' Bildungsroman

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.

Oliver Twist: Plot and Characters in Dickens' Social Novel

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!

Introduction to George Eliot: Life and Major Works

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.

Middlemarch:  Eliot's Novel of Provincial Life

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.

Introduction to Daniel Defoe: Biography and Major Works

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.

Jonathan Swift and Satire: Examples and Analysis

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~'.

Conrad's Heart of Darkness: Plot, Characters, and Style

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.

Introduction to E.M. Forster:  Overview of Life and Works

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!

A Passage to India:  Forster's Treatment of Colonialism

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.

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