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Ch 12: GACE English: 17th & 18th Century English Literature

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Use the lessons in this chapter to review 17th and 18th century English literature. Our engaging video lessons help you prepare for the GACE English test.

GACE English: 17th & 18th Century English Literature - Chapter Summary

Let our instructors take you through some of the major authors, literary works and genres of the 17th and 18th centuries as part of your review for the GACE English exam. In this chapter, the lessons examine the following:

  • The major authors and works of literature during these eras
  • John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim's Progress
  • The life and major poems of Milton
  • Alexander Pope's essays and poems
  • Theatre of the 18th century
  • Analysis of Jonathon Swift's satires
  • The epistolary novels of Samuel Richardson
  • Characteristics and examples of Gothic novels
  • The Gothic literature of Ann Radcliffe

The lessons in this chapter offer a convenient and time-effective way to study English literature. Each lesson lasts less than 10 minutes and can be re-watched as often as you'd like. If you only wish to re-watch the main ideas in a lesson, click on tags to jump to that portion of the video. Lesson transcripts also provide an easy way to review lesson materials.

GACE English: 17th & 18th Century English Literature Chapter Objectives

The state of Georgia requires prospective teachers to take the GACE English test for certification to teach English in public schools. The test is divided into two parts, Test I and Test II, each of which consists of 65 selected response questions and 2 constructed response questions. The test is delivered by computer. Teacher candidates will be given 2 hours of testing time per test.

The tests are further broken down into content subareas. Questions on reading for literature and analyzing excerpts from literary works are included in Test I. The reading for literature subarea questions are selected response and account for 37.5% of the test score. The analysis subarea is constructed response only and accounts for 25% of the test score. Use our lessons and a chapter exam to get ready to answer questions on 17th and 18th century English literature under these subareas of Test I.

9 Lessons in Chapter 12: GACE English: 17th & 18th Century English Literature
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Introduction to 17th- and 18th-Century Literature: Major Authors and Works

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!

John Bunyan and Pilgrim's Progress

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.

Introduction to John Milton: Life and Major Poems

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.

Introduction to Alexander Pope: Biography, Essays and Poems

4. 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!

Restoration Comedy: Theatre of the 1700s

5. 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.

Jonathan Swift and Satire: Examples and Analysis

6. 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~'.

Samuel Richardson: Biography, Pamela and the Epistolary Novel

7. 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.

Ann Radcliffe and Gothic Literature

8. 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.

Gothic Novels: Characteristics & Examples

9. Gothic Novels: Characteristics & Examples

In this lesson, we'll look at the rise of the Gothic novel and its popularity, identify some of the major characteristics and themes of the gothic, and discuss a few examples from classic literature.

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