Ch 11: Introduction to Literary Analysis

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Improve your literary analysis knowledge and skills with this useful online English chapter. These engaging lessons and mini quizzes can help you review these topics for upcoming English exams, essays, class assignments, homework or any other academic purpose.

Introduction to Literary Analysis - Chapter Summary

For a high-level introduction to literary analysis, work through this collection of video lessons at your own pace. The chapter includes thorough explanations of literary history, genres, characteristics and elements. You'll also take a look at some commonly used literary devices and their applications in works of fiction. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the characteristics of different literary genres, periods and movements
  • Interpret literary passages, literary meaning and figurative language
  • Analyze examples of literary elements and devices
  • Evaluate examples of flashbacks in literature
  • Compare types of narrators in literature
  • Explain how dialect and figures of speech contribute to style in fiction
  • Understand how meaning and tone are impacted by word choice

To make sure you fully understand these literary analysis concepts, try the quizzes that accompany each lesson as well as the final chapter exam. You can always go back and revisit a lesson as many times as needed, and if you have any questions, simply reach out to our English experts. The chapter is also available online 24/7, which makes it easy to incorporate studying time into your busy schedule.

11 Lessons in Chapter 11: Introduction to Literary Analysis
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Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

1. Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn what is meant by the term genre. In addition, the main types of literary genres will be described, with examples given for each.

Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

2. Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

When it comes to studying literature, there's about 1500 years of it to take in - and that's just in the English language! Fortunately, you can check out our crash course of key literary movements to see how the art form has developed over time.

How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

3. How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this lesson, we will examine the steps involved in the basic analysis of literature. Then, using a well-known fable, we will go through each step of analysis: comprehension, interpreting and drawing conclusions.

Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

4. Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

In this lesson, we will discuss how to find and interpret literary meaning in writings. The lesson will focus on using the text to find key elements to guide your interpretation.

Literary Elements: Definition, Types & Examples

5. Literary Elements: Definition, Types & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn the basic elements, or parts, of literary texts. We'll look at examples of each kind of literary element, and you can check your understanding with a brief quiz.

Literary Devices: Definition & Examples

6. Literary Devices: Definition & Examples

This lesson studies some of the more common literary devices found in literature. Devices studied include allusion, diction, epigraph, euphemism, foreshadowing, imagery, metaphor/simile, personification, point-of-view and structure.

What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples

7. What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples

This lesson will assist you in identifying and understanding the components of flashbacks found in literature. See examples of flashbacks, and then test your understanding through a quiz.

Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

8. Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

Learn how point of view, or the angle from which a story is told, impacts the narrative voice of a work of literature. Explore, through examples, how point of view can be limited, objective, or omniscient.

Style in Fiction: Dialect & Figures of Speech

9. Style in Fiction: Dialect & Figures of Speech

In this lesson, we will explore style in fiction. We will define style and explore some of the elements writers use to create their own personal styles.

Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

10. Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

In this lesson, you'll learn how authors can influence the meaning and the emotional effect of a sentence just by choosing the right words or by making references and comparisons. You'll learn the appropriate literary terms along with examples for each.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

11. Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

In this lesson, we will discuss how to interpret figurative language in fiction. We will explore several types of figurative language and learn how to identify them.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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