Ch 11: Characteristics of Literature

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Characteristics of Literature - Chapter Summary

Work through this chapter at your own pace to review the characteristics of literature. Inside the chapter, you'll find short and fun lessons that look at fiction types, literary genres, poetry forms, dramatic structures and more. We've included lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to help you check your understanding of the literary terms and concepts you study. If you need any extra help with the lessons, you can submit your questions to our instructors online. The chapter is available at any time of day or night, and you can use any computer or mobile device to study. When you're finished working through the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the characteristics of different literary genres
  • Tell the difference between various types of fiction
  • Define key characteristics of literary nonfiction, expository texts, formal essays, persuasive journalism and folklore
  • Understand poetry as a literary form
  • Assess examples of concrete poetry
  • Point out poetry punctuation and capitalization rules
  • Outline the structure of dramas
  • Examine the components of dramatic monologues

12 Lessons in Chapter 11: Characteristics of Literature
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Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

1. Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn what is meant by the term genre. In addition, the main types of literary genres will be described, with examples given for each.

What Is Fiction? - Definition & Types

2. What Is Fiction? - Definition & Types

In this lesson, we will learn about fiction. We'll take a close look at its definitions and its types and explore the difference between literary and commercial fiction.

Literary Nonfiction: Biographies & Autobiographies

3. Literary Nonfiction: Biographies & Autobiographies

Literary nonfiction consists of many types of writing. Two of the most popular types are biographies and autobiographies. Watch this video lesson to learn more about these two types.

What is Expository Text? - Definition, Types & Examples

4. What is Expository Text? - Definition, Types & Examples

Expository text exposes you to facts: plain and simple. In this lesson, you will learn how to understand and identify expository text. You will be able to distinguish between expository and narrative text and understand why this distinction is important.

Formal Essay: Definition & Examples

5. Formal Essay: Definition & Examples

The basis of academic writing is the formal essay, so let's learn the definition of a formal essay, review the general format, and explore some specific examples.

Persuasive Journalism: Definition & Techniques

6. Persuasive Journalism: Definition & Techniques

Do you read or watch the news? Did you know there are times when it is a journalist's job to get you to believe in what they are reporting about? In this lesson, we will learn about the art of persuasive journalism and the techniques behind the reported material.

What Is Folklore? - Definition, Legends & Myths

7. What Is Folklore? - Definition, Legends & Myths

In this lesson, you will be introduced to the genre of folklore that includes legends and myths. Folklores are an integral part of all cultures. This lesson will provide a brief introduction folklores, their purpose, and examples.

Poetry as Literary Form: Overview and Examples

8. Poetry as Literary Form: Overview and Examples

This lesson will introduce the formal qualities of poetry and the ways that it differs from prose. Among other things, we'll consider meter, rhyme schemes, stanzas, and popular poetic forms.

Concrete Poetry: Definition & Examples

9. Concrete Poetry: Definition & Examples

It's not usually written on the sidewalk, but concrete poetry can make a writer's ideas just as solid. Read on to find out more about these creative images and to see some fascinating examples.

Punctuation & Capitalization in Poetry: Rules & Examples

10. Punctuation & Capitalization in Poetry: Rules & Examples

This lesson is about punctuation and capitalization in poetry. You will learn about and compare the different ways poets use (and don't use) capital letters and punctuation marks to enhance the meaning of their words.

Drama Structure: Acts, Scenes, Prologue & Epilogue

11. Drama Structure: Acts, Scenes, Prologue & Epilogue

Plays have a definite structure that can include a prologue, acts, scenes, and an epilogue. In this lesson, you'll learn about each of those parts and how they fit together to form a play.

Dramatic Monologue: Definition & Examples

12. Dramatic Monologue: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will explore the dramatic monologue, a long piece of dialogue by one character that reveals the character's inner feelings, whether it be in a play, poem or novel.

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