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Literary Genres - Chapter Summary
Our professional instructors are ready to share their expertise of literary genres with you in this interesting chapter. They will guide you through many common writing forms, helping you to see the differences and commonalities they share. You will study everything from novel and novella fiction to types of folklore fiction, as well as humor writing styles. As for non-fiction, this chapter will give you the background to distinguish the characteristics of different forms of biographical writing, including diaries and letters.
After completing this chapter, you should feel confident to do the following:
- Defining literary genres and listing examples of each
- Differentiating between novels, novellas, and short stories
- Comparing fables, folktales, myths, and legends
- Describing types of humorous writing
- Characterizing biographical non-fiction writing forms
- Defining and describing the dramatic arts as they relate to literature
The lessons in this chapter are presented through short videos, designed to engage you with the topic. You can use the Timeline feature of the video player to easily review the main ideas of each lesson, and a transcript of the lesson is also provided. Following each segment, you will find a self-assessment quiz to help you evaluate your own mastery of the material. Be sure to stay organized and keep track of your progress throughout this chapter and the whole course on your Dashboard.
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.
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.
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.
4. Satire, Parody, or Spoof: Types of Humorous Writing
Learn about how writers use satire, parody and spoof to make their readers laugh and think. Explore how these forms mock the conventions of specific literary works and genres.
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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. The Dramatic Arts: Definition & Types
In this lesson, we jump into the exciting world of the dramatic arts. We'll define the art form and discuss its many different types that are classified by subject matter and the techniques used to perform them.
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