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Ch 34: Literary Movements & Genres

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From the medieval period to Postmodernism, the video lessons in this chapter help you review the influences and impact of historical movements and genres in literature. Refresh your memory of major writers while also brushing up on literary terms and theory.

Literary Movements & Genres - Chapter Summary

This chapter's video lessons will guide you through the major works, writers and historical events that shaped Western literary movements. Our engaging instructors also strengthen your knowledge of literary terminology and discuss literary theory. After you watch all of the videos and use the accompanying study tools, you should be able to do the following with confidence:

  • Identify the key literary periods and movements
  • Define literary terms in prose and poetry
  • Describe the types of literary theory
  • List major works of medieval literature
  • Recognize the characteristics of American Romantic literature
  • Explain the historical influences on literary Modernism

In these videos, instructors use straightforward explanations, interesting facts and fun graphics to make your navigation through literary periods an entertaining process. Use the tags included with the videos to rewatch major points as desired.

You can also review the material by reading over the lesson transcripts. Each lesson includes a multiple-choice quiz so you can test your grasp of the discussed topics. Take advantage of all of these features on your mobile device whenever it fits your schedule.

7 Lessons in Chapter 34: Literary Movements & Genres
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Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

1. 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.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

2. 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!

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.

Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements

4. Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements

When you hear the word 'theory,' your mind probably darts to the sciences - the theory of relativity, the theory of gravity, etc. Did you know that literature, too, is full of theory? Check out this lesson to get a basic primer on just what literary theory is, and how you might apply it.

Introduction to Medieval Literature: Old English, Middle English, and Historical Context

5. Introduction to Medieval Literature: Old English, Middle English, and Historical Context

We'll go over some quick medieval history to situate some of the major literary works of the time period. We're going from Caedmon and Beowulf, writing in Old English, all the way up to Sir Thomas Malory's collections of the Arthur myths in late Middle English.

The Romantic Period in American Literature and Art

6. The Romantic Period in American Literature and Art

This video introduces American Romanticism, a movement where literature focused on intuition, imagination and individualism. Authors such as Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow contributed to what became known as the American identity, as the new country did its best to distance itself from European tradition.

Overview of Literary Modernism: Authors, Context, and Style

7. Overview of Literary Modernism: Authors, Context, and Style

This video provides an introduction to the literary movement known as Modernism. Encompassing such writers as James Joyce, T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf, Modernism developed out of a sense that the art forms of the late nineteenth-century were inadequate to describe the condition of Europe after World War I.

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