Ch 3: CSET English: Overview of British Literature

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Take a look at our online video lessons on Romantic prose, Medieval literature and more. These lessons and their corresponding self-assessment quizzes cover the same content found on the CSET English Subtest I and can be used to help you prepare.

CSET English Subtest I: Overview of British Literature - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter to get acquainted with the British authors and literary movements you'll need to be familiar with when you take the CSET English Subtest I. Video lessons included in this chapter can introduce you to the following:

  • Victorian literature's themes, style and authors
  • Shakespeare's life and works
  • Renaissance literature's authors and works
  • Authors and works of Romantic prose
  • Medieval literature in Old and Middle English and its historical contexts
  • Literary modernism's authors, context and style
  • Major authors and works of 17th- and 18th-century literature
  • Restoration comedy and theatre of the 1700s

Instructors take the time to outline key points and important terminology. There are also short quizzes containing questions similar to those appearing on the exam and answers that link back to the video content, which could be helpful in determining how well you understand the material.

Objectives of the CSET English Subtest I: Overview of British Literature Course

The Overview of British Literature chapter covers topics found in the CSET English Subtest I's literature and textual analysis section. This area of the exam includes 40 multiple-choice questions (out of 50 total) and evaluates your ability to scrutinize British literary traditions, identify its major historical periods and recognize the aesthetic or philosophical viewpoints influencing authors who contributed to key literary movements.

Your knowledge of Shakespeare, Romantic prose and neoclassicism is just one of the areas assessed by the CSET English Subtest I. This exam is one of four tests used by California's teacher licensing agency to determine whether or not you have the academic skills needed to succeed as a secondary school English teacher.

7 Lessons in Chapter 3: CSET English: Overview of British Literature
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Introduction to Victorian Literature: Overview of Themes, Style, and Authors

1. 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.

Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works

2. 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 Romantic Prose: Overview of Authors and Works

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

4. 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.

Overview of Literary Modernism: Authors, Context, and Style

5. 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.

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

6. 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!

Restoration Comedy: Theatre of the 1700s

7. Restoration Comedy: Theatre of the 1700s

Despite their name, Restoration comedies have nothing to do with fixing up a theater. Rather, these were shockingly explicit works that were created after almost two decades of live performances being outlawed in England. Watch our video lesson to learn about this surprising and hilarious time in English theatrical history.

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