Ch 3: Literary Genre & Form

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Take a look at these literature study resources to examine literary genre and form. These mobile-friendly lessons and self-assessment tests offer you a quick and effective way to prepare for an exam and enhance your overall literary knowledge.

Literary Genre & Form - Chapter Summary

This comprehensive literature chapter covers the foundations of literary genre and form. As you progress through this series of entertaining and informative video lessons, you'll become familiar with a variety of literary terms, forms and genres. Our instructors will show you the characteristics of fiction, nonfiction, traditional literature and much more. When you're finished working through the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the characteristics of many literary genres
  • Explain how literary genres and forms can affect meaning
  • Define literary terms pertaining to prose and poetry
  • Identify types of fiction and traditional literature
  • Discuss the importance of multicultural literature
  • Evaluate the differences between myths, fables and folklore
  • Differentiate between types of literary nonfiction
  • Analyze and interpret reference books

You can access these lessons at any time of day or night using your computer, laptop or smartphone, and you can also print the lesson transcripts to study offline. Each lesson comes with a short quiz to help you reinforce your comprehension of these literature concepts. Feel free to reach out to our expert instructors if you need any extra help with the material.

11 Lessons in Chapter 3: Literary Genre & Form
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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.

Literary Forms & Genres: How They Affect Meaning

2. 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.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

3. Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

The study of literature is a broad, diverse field. However, there's some general knowledge you should have before you dive in. Check out these terms to get a handle on the basics of prose study.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

4. Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

Before you start your study of poetry, you'll want to have these technical, literary and genre terms at your disposal. Read on to learn the basics of analyzing poetry!

Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories

5. 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.

Traditional Literature: Definition, Characters, Types & Books

6. Traditional Literature: Definition, Characters, Types & Books

Learn what makes traditional literature such an influential part of our culture. This lesson will break down its definition, purpose, and popular examples.

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

7. 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.

Multicultural Literature: Definition, Books & Importance

8. Multicultural Literature: Definition, Books & Importance

Multicultural literature features characters and themes from countries around the world. Writers in this genre express their ideas and values through the characters featured in their work. By examining these works in detail, you can learn how to understand them and broaden your understanding.

Literary Nonfiction: Essays, Diaries, Letters, & More

9. Literary Nonfiction: Essays, Diaries, Letters, & More

Watch this video lesson to explore the world of literary nonfiction. You will learn the similarities and differences between journals, diaries, memoirs and much more.

Literary Nonfiction: Biographies & Autobiographies

10. Literary Nonfiction: Biographies & Autobiographies

Literary nonfiction consists of many types of writing. Two of the most popular types are biographies and autobiographies. Watch this video lesson to learn more about these two types.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Reference Book

11. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Reference Book

Before the Internet existed, people used reference books to find answers to many of their questions. Reference books are still widely used, especially when doing research. Learn how to analyze and interpret them in this lesson.

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