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Ch 24: GACE English: Contemporary American Literature

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Prepare for GACE English exam questions on the works of Tennessee Williams, Maya Angelou, J.D. Salinger and other contemporary American authors with this chapter's engaging video lessons. You'll also find short quizzes that can help check your understanding of these exam topics.

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.

8 Lessons in Chapter 24: GACE English: Contemporary American Literature
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The Contemporary Period in American Literature

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.

Contemporary American Literature: Authors and Major Works

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.

Tennessee Williams: Biography, Works, and Style

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.'

Arthur Miller: Biography and Major Plays

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.

Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man Summary and Analysis

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.'

J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye: Summary and Analysis

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!

The Beat Generation: Characteristics of Beat Poetry

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.

Who is Maya Angelou? - Biography, Books, Poetry & Accomplishments

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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