Ch 2: CBASE English: Literary Periods & Movements

About This Chapter

Review different literary periods and movements that may be tested on the CBASE English exam. This chapter provides detailed explanations of each literary period and movement through a series of video lessons and interactive quizzes.

CBASE English: Literary Periods & Movements - Chapter Summary

This chapter focuses on literary periods ranging from the medieval era to contemporary literature with thorough analyses of significant authors, poets, and literary styles. The lessons will address the following topics:

  • Medieval and Renaissance literature
  • Important authors of 17th & 18th century literature
  • Romantic poetry and prose
  • Victorian literature themes
  • Characteristics of naturalism in literature
  • Context of literary modernism
  • The Lost Generation and the Beat Generation
  • Prominent authors of contemporary American literature

You will be led by expert instructors through brief informative video lessons to help prepare you for the CBASE English exam. Pertinent vocabulary terms are highlighted and the instructors are available to answer questions should you need assistance.

CBASE English: Literary Periods & Movements Chapter Objectives

The CBASE exam is meant for college students who aspire to be educators. The English portion consists of questions centered on writing and reading/literature. In addition to testing reading comprehension, this portion of the English exam will test your knowledge of important literature terminology, including genres and significant American and British works. This chapter of this comprehensive study guide aims to hone your grasp of the knowledge that will be tested in the reading/literature portion of the exam through detailing important literature information.

13 Lessons in Chapter 2: CBASE English: Literary Periods & Movements
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Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

1. Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

When it comes to studying literature, there's about 1500 years of it to take in - and that's just in the English language! Fortunately, you can check out our crash course of key literary movements to see how the art form has developed over time.

Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements

2. Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements

When you hear the word 'theory,' your mind probably darts to the sciences - the theory of relativity, the theory of gravity, etc. Did you know that literature, too, is full of theory? Check out this lesson to get a basic primer on just what literary theory is, and how you might apply it.

Introduction to Medieval Literature: Old English, Middle English, and Historical Context

3. Introduction to Medieval Literature: Old English, Middle English, and Historical Context

We'll go over some quick medieval history to situate some of the major literary works of the time period. We're going from Caedmon and Beowulf, writing in Old English, all the way up to Sir Thomas Malory's collections of the Arthur myths in late Middle English.

Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works

4. Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works

Chances are, you've heard of the term 'Renaissance' before, but do you know what it means? Watch this video to learn about how this artistic movement forever altered England and the way we look at literature.

Introduction to 17th- and 18th-Century Literature: Major Authors and Works

5. Introduction to 17th- and 18th-Century Literature: Major Authors and Works

A lot can happen in 200 years, as you'll see on our lesson that introduces you to British literature of the 17th and 18th centuries. Go from Shakespeare to the invention of the novel to the introduction of a prominent dictionary in our video below!

Introduction to Romantic Poetry: Overview of Authors and Works

6. Introduction to Romantic Poetry: Overview of Authors and Works

Like the French Revolution that helped inspire it, the Romantic poetry movement signaled massive, controversial changes with ramifications that are still being felt today. Watch this video lesson for an introduction to Romantic poetry, including descriptions of the major authors and significant works.

Introduction to Romantic Prose: Overview of Authors and Works

7. Introduction to Romantic Prose: Overview of Authors and Works

Romantic prose exists in novels, short stories and essays written during the Romantic period, specifically in England. The Romantic period lasted from about 1800 to 1840.

Introduction to Victorian Literature: Overview of Themes, Style, and Authors

8. Introduction to Victorian Literature: Overview of Themes, Style, and Authors

Victorian literature is literature written in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, or roughly from 1837 -1901. It is largely characterized by the struggle of working people and the triumph of right over wrong.

Naturalism in Literature: Authors and Characteristics

9. Naturalism in Literature: Authors and Characteristics

Nature is indifferent; humans are just animals. So it goes in naturalism. In this lesson, we'll explore this literary movement. Authors discussed include Stephen Crane, Jack London and Theodore Dreiser.

Overview of Literary Modernism: Authors, Context, and Style

10. Overview of Literary Modernism: Authors, Context, and Style

This video provides an introduction to the literary movement known as Modernism. Encompassing such writers as James Joyce, T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf, Modernism developed out of a sense that the art forms of the late nineteenth-century were inadequate to describe the condition of Europe after World War I.

The Lost Generation: Expatriate Writers of the 20th Century

11. The Lost Generation: Expatriate Writers of the 20th Century

In this lesson, we will explore the effects of WWI on the American literary community. We will take a look at the Lost Generation of writers, the characteristics of their work and the ways in which they represented post-war attitudes both in the U.S. and abroad.

The Beat Generation: Characteristics of Beat Poetry

12. The Beat Generation: Characteristics of Beat Poetry

It's a movement that began with a howl, and it had a major impact on both poetry and culture in America. In this lesson, we'll cover the Beat Generation and review the defining characteristics of their style.

Contemporary American Literature: Authors and Major Works

13. Contemporary American Literature: Authors and Major Works

This lesson helps you decipher pieces of contemporary American literature by looking at famous examples from some of the greatest authors of the time.

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