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Characteristics of Major Literary Movements - Chapter Summary
This chapter includes interesting text and video lessons to assist your review of topics such as novels from the Jazz Age, the contemporary period of American literature, types of 19th century arts, and the list goes on! The brief quizzes found at the end of each lesson will help you challenge yourself. Other topics found in this chapter include the following:
- Characteristics of Renaissance literature
- Explanation of the literary realism movement
- Definition of American slave narrative
- Effects of transcendentalism on American literature
- Authors and styles from literary modernism
Because our video and text lessons are short and engaging, it won't even feel like you are reviewing. If you would like to know more about the instructors who prepared the lessons, you will find it in the text lessons and transcripts. And your questions about material in the chapter can be sent straight to the instructors.
1. Renaissance Literature: Characteristics & Writers
Renaissance literature was born as the world emerged from the Middle Ages. It was the time of John Milton and Shakespeare. In this lesson, we will learn about the characteristics of the Renaissance period and the writers it produced.
2. 19th Century Arts: Romanticism, Music, and Art
In this lesson, we explore the arts and popular culture of the 19th century, from the Romanticist trends in Western literature to the growing concert halls and changes in the art world.
3. The Literary Realism Movement: A Response to Romanticism
In this lesson, we will learn about Realism in American literature, how this new literary movement grew out of Romanticism and what circumstances in our changing nation made that literary shift possible.
4. American Slave Narrative: Definition & Overview
In this lesson we will look at the 'Slave Narrative.' We will discuss the definition and learn more about the genre as a whole. You will then be asked to take a short quiz to assess your comprehension of the lesson.
5. Transcendentalism: Impact on American Literature
This video defines Transcendentalism, a literary movement of the mid-19th century. Authors such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman used their literary platforms to encourage Americans to transcend society's presumptions and create a personal, progressive relationship with spirituality and nature.
6. The Harlem Renaissance: Novels and Poetry from the Jazz Age
The Harlem Renaissance was a movement in the 1920s and 1930s during which there was an explosion of African-American art and literature. This lesson looks at the themes, causes, and important figures of the Harlem Renaissance.
7. 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.
8. The Contemporary Period in American Literature
Learn about how Contemporary literature developed and understand its fundamental characteristics. Find out how American history and cultural norms really defined and developed the Contemporary period in American literature.
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