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GACE English: Contemporary American Literature - Chapter Summary
Re-examine the historical and cultural contexts of this period in American literature and take another look at the works of major authors. Lessons in this GACE English test-prep chapter can help you review the following topics:
- Stylistic elements in contemporary American literature
- The life and works of Tennessee Williams
- Major plays of Arthur Miller
- Analysis of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man
- Summary of J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye
- Characteristics of the Beat Generation and Beat poetry
- The life and works of Maya Angelou
Whether you need a refresher on prominent themes in contemporary American literature or a quick plot synopsis of a major novel, this chapter has you covered. Skip around to the topics you need to review or watch the video lessons in their entirety. You can also take self-checking quizzes to see which of these topics you've mastered.
GACE English: Contemporary American Literature Chapter Objectives
The GACE English exam consists of two subtests, each of which contains 65 multiple-choice questions and two constructed-response questions. Test results are used to determine the eligibility of applicants for a secondary English teaching license in Georgia.
You can use your knowledge of the contemporary American literature topics discussed in this chapter to successfully answer questions in subtest I's Reading for Literature content domain, which makes up around 38% of test score. Some of these questions measure your familiarity with major works of American literature and the contexts in which they were written.
An understanding of contemporary American literature might also come in handy when developing a response to the subtest I essay question that asks you to analyze the literary elements featured in a work of poetry or prose.
1. 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.
2. Contemporary American Literature: Authors and Major Works
This lesson helps you decipher pieces of contemporary American literature by looking at famous examples from some of the greatest authors of the time.
3. Tennessee Williams: Biography, Works, and Style
This lesson provides insight into the life, work and style of one of the most influential playwrights of our time, Tennessee Williams. His major works include 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.'
4. Arthur Miller: Biography and Major Plays
In this lesson, we will talk about the life of one of America's greatest playwrights, Arthur Miller. We will take a close look at his role in the American political scene of the 1950s and give insight into some of his most influential works.
5. Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man Summary and Analysis
If people only see you as a part of a race, and not as an individual, are you still a person? In this lesson, we'll analyze Ralph Ellison's important and critically acclaimed novel, 'Invisible Man.'
6. J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye: Summary and Analysis
J.D. Salinger's novel tells the story of Holden Caulfield, a literary figure you'll either love or hate. Watch this video to find out which camp you fall into!
7. The Beat Generation: Characteristics of Beat Poetry
It's a movement that began with a howl, and it had a major impact on both poetry and culture in America. In this lesson, we'll cover the Beat Generation and review the defining characteristics of their style.
8. Who is Maya Angelou? - Biography, Books, Poetry & Accomplishments
In this lesson, we will look at a remarkable woman, Maya Angelou, and discuss her biography, some of her works, and her accomplishments. You will then be asked to take a short quiz to test your comprehension of the lesson.
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Other chapters within the GACE English (520): Practice & Study Guide course
- GACE English: Reading Strategies
- GACE English: Reading for Information
- GACE English: Elements & Language of Literature
- GACE English: Grammar & Language Use
- GACE English: Vocabulary & Language Development
- GACE English: Meaning of Words
- GACE English: Literature Types, Terms & Theory
- GACE English: Context in Literary Works
- GACE English: Literary Genres
- GACE English: Medieval & Middle English Literature
- GACE English: Renaissance Literature
- GACE English: 17th & 18th Century English Literature
- GACE English: Romantic Prose in English Literature
- GACE English: Romantic Poetry in English Literature
- GACE English: Victorian Literature
- GACE English: Ancient & Modern World Literature
- GACE English: Native & Colonial American Literature
- GACE English: Romantic American Literature
- GACE English: Dark Romanticism
- GACE English: American Transcendentalism
- GACE English: Realism in American Literature
- GACE English: Modernism in American Literature
- GACE English: Harlem Renaissance Literature
- GACE English: Young Adult Literature
- GACE English: Writing Forms & Structure
- GACE English: Writing & Editing Skills
- GACE English: Researching & Citing Sources
- GACE English: Communication & Speech
- GACE English: Digital Support & Communication
- GACE English: Instructional Strategies
- GACE English: Analysis & Evaluation Strategies
- GACE English Flashcards