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Ch 9: Literary Terms, Theory, and Analysis

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Watch video lessons on literary terms, theory and analysis to learn about literary definitions, periods, movements and more. These easy-to-follow lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

Literary Terms, Theory, and Analysis - Chapter Summary and Lesson Objectives

This chapter provides a glossary of common literary terms used in both prose and poetry. You'll receive an introduction to the major schools of literary theory and their critics. Lessons also include a brief historical overview of major literary movements and periods. If you have trouble analyzing dense literary passages, there is a lesson that provides step-by-step instructions on close reading and analysis. The chapter ends with a lesson on multiple-choice test-taking strategies. By the close of these lessons, you should be able to:

  • Define important prose and poetry literary terms
  • Identify major literary theories and their critics
  • Understand different literary periods and movements
  • Analyze a literary passage
  • Strategize on multiple-choice exams

Video Objective
Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose Understand a variety of literary terms related to prose.
Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry Define important poetry literary terms.
Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements Understand important literary theories and name critics in the field.
Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course Recount the main literary periods and movements throughout history.
How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide Interpret literary passages through careful reading.
How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test Taking Strategies Learn how to take multiple-choice tests and select the best possible answer.

6 Lessons in Chapter 9: Literary Terms, Theory, and Analysis
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

1. 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

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!

Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements

3. 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.

Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

4. 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

5. 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.

How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies

6. How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies

In this lesson, we will examine test taking strategies involved in answering multiple-choice questions about literature. Breaking the process down into manageable parts, we will take a look at the literary text, the question itself, and then the given choices.

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