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English Literature in the 17th & 18th Century - Chapter Summary
Review information about 17th and 18th century English writers and their works. Our instructors will help you refresh your knowledge of the themes of Paradise Lost, and you'll explore the works of Alexander Pope. Another lesson looks at theatre of the Restoration period.
You'll look at Daniel Defoe's writings, discuss the satire of Jonathan Swift and look at the development of the epistolary novel. When you've finished these works, you should be familiar with:
- Pilgrim's Progress
- Major poems of John Milton
- The Rape of the Lock
- Themes in Robinson Crusoe
- Analysis of Swift's work
- Samuel Richardson's Pamela
- Ann Radcliffe and Gothic literature
These video lessons are developed and taught by experts in the field that you can contact them if you have questions. Key terms and phrases are highlighted in lesson transcripts that let you follow along with the narrator. You can use the links in our Timeline to quickly return to points in the lesson that you want to review.
1. 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!
2. John Bunyan and Pilgrim's Progress
Pilgrim's Progress is a Christian allegory by John Bunyan. It was published in 1678 and is a highly influential work of religious text in the English language. Follow along as you learn about some of the most memorable characters from this novel.
3. Introduction to John Milton: Life and Major Poems
English poet, essayist and political figure John Milton ranks right up there with William Shakespeare in a list of literary greats. Check out this lesson for an overview of Milton's life and most important works.
4. Milton's Paradise Lost: Summary, Theme, and Quotes
John Milton's 1667 epic poem 'Paradise Lost' is often considered one of the greatest works in the English language. Watch this lesson to learn about the text and its complicated themes.
5. Introduction to Alexander Pope: Biography, Essays and Poems
Alexander Pope is one of the most quoted writers in the English language, which means you've probably heard his stuff before - you just don't know it yet. Watch this lesson for an overview of Pope's life and key works!
6. The Rape of the Lock: Pope's Mock Heroic Poetry
Alexander Pope is one of the premiere satirists in the English language, and The Rape of the Lock is his crowning achievement. Here, Pope writes about an incredibly trivial event as though it's a war involving gods and epic heroes. Watch our lesson for more details on this classic!
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.
8. Introduction to Daniel Defoe: Biography and Major Works
Castaways, pirates, spies and political prisoners. Some of it is fiction and some of it is the author's real life. In this lesson, you'll learn more about Daniel Defoe, one of England's most prolific and exciting authors.
9. Robinson Crusoe: Summary and Themes
In this lesson, we'll explore Daniel Defoe's 'Robinson Crusoe' while examining themes present in the work. You may also learn some handy skills if you ever find yourself shipwrecked and having to survive on an island for 28 years.
10. Jonathan Swift and Satire: Examples and Analysis
When it comes to English-language satire, few authors can top the legendary Jonathan Swift. Watch this lesson to learn about his two most important works, ~'A Modest Proposal~' and ~'Gulliver's Travels~'.
11. Samuel Richardson: Biography, Pamela and the Epistolary Novel
Samuel Richardson was the first writer to produce a true bestseller in the modern sense. Watch our lesson to learn about 'Pamela,' his groundbreaking epistolary novel.
12. Ann Radcliffe and Gothic Literature
Meet the mysterious Ann Radcliffe, a pioneering author who helped create the genre we know today as Gothic literature. As you learn more about her works and style, we'll also look at what constitutes a Gothic novel.
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