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Ch 2: Literary Genres & Forms

About This Chapter

This chapter can help you understand literary genres and forms. Explore movements and periods, the different types of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Genre and Forms of Literature - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll cover a variety of literary forms and genres and see how they affect meaning. You'll study the different types of fiction, such as novels, novellas and short stories. Unique to the chapter is a presentation on fables, folktales, myths and legends that explains the differences among the four categories and provides examples. By the end of the chapter you will be able to:

  • Distinguish between types of fiction
  • Compare and contrast fables, folktales, myths, and legends
  • Describe elements of drama, including characters, plot, setting, and symbolism
  • Explain how literary forms and genres affect meaning
  • Give an overview of poetry as a literary form
  • Define non-fiction and give examples

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6 Lessons in Chapter 2: Literary Genres & Forms
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Literary Forms & Genres: How They Affect Meaning

1. Literary Forms & Genres: How They Affect Meaning

In this lesson, we will explore literary forms and genres. We'll define these terms, look at examples of each, and see how they affect the meaning of the texts they characterize.

Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories

2. Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories

Learn how fiction is organized by length into three categories: novels, novellas and short stories. Explore the general characteristics of each type, and learn about some famous examples.

The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples

3. The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples

In this lesson, learn about fables, folktales, myths and legends, stories that entertain and serve instructive or educational purposes. Discover how these types of stories differ from one another and about their prevalence throughout the world.

Poetry as Literary Form: Overview and Examples

4. Poetry as Literary Form: Overview and Examples

This lesson will introduce the formal qualities of poetry and the ways that it differs from prose. Among other things, we'll consider meter, rhyme schemes, stanzas, and popular poetic forms.

What Is Nonfiction? - Definition & Examples

5. What Is Nonfiction? - Definition & Examples

There are a wide variety of genres of literature, but most can be separated into two categories. Watch this video lesson to learn about one of those categories: nonfiction.

Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

6. Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

Have you ever wondered how actors in a play can convey a story without the audience reading the script? Watch and learn how playwrights use dramatic elements to tell a story on the stage.

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