Ch 12: Gothic and Romantic Literature

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Watch Gothic and Romantic literature video lessons and analyze the literary works of Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and more. These lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

Gothic and Romantic Literature - Chapter Summary and Lesson Objectives

The Gothic and Romantic literary movement features such authors as Jane Austen, Emily Bronte, Charlotte Bronte and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The chapter opens with a discussion of Jane Austen's life and major novels, then delves into a study of her novel, Pride and Prejudice. You'll learn about the Bronte sisters and their famous novels, including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. A lesson is devoted to the study of Romantic poetry, and the chapter ends with an examination of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem, 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner.' After finishing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Recall the biographies and major works of a number of Romantic and Gothic writers
  • Analyze the plots and main characters of novels like Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre
  • Understand the important characteristics of Romantic poetry
  • Summarize and analyze the poem, 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner'

Video Objective
Jane Austen: Biography and Major Works Examine Jane Austen's life and look at how her background impacted her major works.
Pride and Prejudice: Plot and Character Analysis Analyze the function of the plot and main characters in Jane Austen's novel, Pride and Prejudice.
Emily and Charlotte Bronte: Sisters and Authors Learn about the Bronte sisters and their most important Gothic novels.
Wuthering Heights: Plot Overview and Character Analysis Interpret Emily Bronte's novel, Wuthering Heights, looking at the plot and the role of its characters.
Jane Eyre: Summary, Characters and Analysis Summarize and analyze the themes and characters of Charlotte Bronte's novel, Jane Eyre.
Introduction to Romantic Poetry: Overview of Authors and Works Explore some of the main authors and poems of the Romantic period.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Poems and Biography Learn about the life and major poems of Romantic writer Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
'Rime of the Ancient Mariner': Summary and Analysis Summarize and interpret Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem, 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner.'

8 Lessons in Chapter 12: Gothic and Romantic Literature
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Jane Austen: Biography and Major Novels

1. Jane Austen: Biography and Major Novels

When you hear the name Jane Austen, you probably think about long dresses, stuffy tea parties, and British accents - unless you don't know who she is. In that case, you really need to watch this video about the writer's life and works.

Pride and Prejudice: Plot and Character Analysis

2. Pride and Prejudice: Plot and Character Analysis

In this lesson, we'll go over the quintessential romantic comedy, Pride and Prejudice. We'll take a look at all of the factors conspiring to keep Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy apart as well as read some of Jane Austen's sparkling prose.

Emily and Charlotte Bronte: Sisters and Authors

3. Emily and Charlotte Bronte: Sisters and Authors

Long before JK Rowling dreamed up Fred and George Weasley, Charlotte and Elizabeth Bronte accomplished impressive things as siblings. Their family history is a sad one, though, and their feelings of loss are evident in their most famous novels, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

Wuthering Heights: Plot Overview and Character Analysis

4. Wuthering Heights: Plot Overview and Character Analysis

'Wuthering Heights' is Emily Bronte's only published novel, but if you're only going to publish one novel in your lifetime, this is a good one. Follow along as this lesson introduces you to the plot, characters and other aspects of this novel.

Jane Eyre: Summary, Characters and Analysis

5. Jane Eyre: Summary, Characters and Analysis

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, was first published in 1847 under Bronte's pseudonym, Currier Bell. It's about a girl named - not surprisingly - Jane Eyre, and it's a bildungsroman, a coming-of-age story that follows Jane from childhood through motherhood. Many elements of Jane's life are similar to events in Charlotte Bronte's life. Because the work features a strong-willed and intelligent woman, it's often considered to be an early feminist text.

Introduction to Romantic Poetry: Overview of Authors and Works

6. Introduction to Romantic Poetry: Overview of Authors and Works

Like the French Revolution that helped inspire it, the Romantic poetry movement signaled massive, controversial changes with ramifications that are still being felt today. Watch this video lesson for an introduction to Romantic poetry, including descriptions of the major authors and significant works.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Poems and Biography

7. Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Poems and Biography

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Romantic poet or rock star? Ok, he's a Romantic poet. In this lesson, you'll learn about one of the founders of the Romantic movement and how his life, full of drugs, women and poetry, is not too different from today's rock stars.

Rime of the Ancient Mariner: Summary and Analysis

8. Rime of the Ancient Mariner: Summary and Analysis

What do you like in a great story? Zombies? Mystery at sea? Ghosts? Large birds? What if you could have them all? You can! In this lesson, we're going to explore the famed Romantic poem ''The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,'' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

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