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Ch 16: CEOE English: American Romantic Literature

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Explore the major authors and themes of American Romantic literature as you prepare for the CEOE English exam. Insights from our knowledgeable instructors as well as text- and video-based lessons provide an engaging and interesting review of important authors, works, and styles from the period.

CEOE English: American Romantic Literature - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you can review the major genres of American Romantic literature in addition to several of this literary movement's authors and themes. The lessons will also cover the characteristics of American Dark Romantic literature from the wider Romantic movement as they support your preparation for the CEOE English exam. Once you have finished the chapter, you will be able to:

  • Understand the background and key characteristics of American literature and art from the Romantic period
  • Recall the recurring symbols and themes of the works of the Dark Romantics
  • Identify the motivations, major works, and style of Washington Irving
  • Describe the life, works, and style of Edgar Allan Poe
  • Identify key events in the life of Nathaniel Hawthorne, as well as his major works and style
  • Express Herman Melville's biography, literary contributions and stylistic elements

Our professional instructors have created these lessons to help you prepare for the CEOE English exam. Their clear and direct overviews of the subject matter help simplify the learning process. Brief and clear text and video lessons will engage you, and you can test your understanding through practice quizzes and chapter exam.

7 Lessons in Chapter 16: CEOE English: American Romantic Literature
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The Romantic Period in American Literature and Art

1. The Romantic Period in American Literature and Art

This video introduces American Romanticism, a movement where literature focused on intuition, imagination and individualism. Authors such as Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow contributed to what became known as the American identity, as the new country did its best to distance itself from European tradition.

The Dark Romantics in American Literature

2. The Dark Romantics in American Literature

This video introduces the characteristics of Dark Romanticism, a movement at the end of the Romantic period where literature embodied creepy symbols, horrific themes, and explored the psychological effects of guilt and sin. Authors, such as Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne, wrote short stories, poems, and novels that encouraged Americans to see evil in everything.

Dark Romanticism Characteristics

3. Dark Romanticism Characteristics

Deep grief, insanity, criminality, the grotesque and the bizarre are some of the subjects explored by writers categorized by the label Dark Romanticism. These writers focus on the darker aspects of emotion and nature.

Washington Irving: Biography, Works, and Style

4. Washington Irving: Biography, Works, and Style

This video introduces Washington Irving, the father of American literature. Through his works, like 'Rip Van Winkle' and 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,' Irving developed a sophisticated yet satirical style while helping establish the American identity.

Edgar Allan Poe: Biography, Works, and Style

5. Edgar Allan Poe: Biography, Works, and Style

This video introduces Edgar Allan Poe, the father of the modern mystery story. Through his works, like 'The Raven' and 'The Tell-Tale Heart,' Poe reflected the characteristics of Dark Romanticism by creating horrific storylines and characters while exploring the dark, irrational depths of the human mind.

Nathaniel Hawthorne: Biography, Works, and Style

6. Nathaniel Hawthorne: Biography, Works, and Style

Who was Nathaniel Hawthorne? Well, besides being a brooding guy with a bit of a dark past, he was one of the most famous writers from early America. Learn more about him and his view of the Puritan belief system in this video.

Herman Melville: Biography, Works & Style

7. Herman Melville: Biography, Works & Style

Like many great people, Herman Melville was misunderstood during his time. Watch this video to find out why the author of the famous novel 'Moby Dick' died almost as a complete unknown.

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