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Literature of the Victorian Era - Chapter Summary
The Victorian era in literature lasted during the reign of Queen Victoria, roughly from 1837-1901. Work from this period is characterized by a focus on the struggle of the working class and triumph of right over wrong. Many well-known writers came from this period, including Charles Dickens and George Eliot. Review lessons to study their most famous pieces, and test your knowledge by taking short quizzes and a chapter exam. This chapter can help you understand the following:
- Themes, authors and the style of Victorian literature
- Influence, works and style of Charles Dickens
- Works of sisters and authors Charlotte and Emily Bronte
- George Eliot's novel Middlemarch
1. Introduction to Victorian Literature: Overview of Themes, Style, and Authors
Victorian literature is literature written in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, or roughly from 1837 -1901. It is largely characterized by the struggle of working people and the triumph of right over wrong.
2. Introduction to Charles Dickens: Works, Style, and Influence
Ebenezer Scrooge. Oliver Twist. Miss Havisham. David Copperfield. These are among literature's most fascinating figures, and they were all created by the same author. Watch this lesson to learn more about one of the English language's greatest authors, Charles Dickens.
3. Emily and Charlotte Bronte: Sisters and Authors
Long before JK Rowling dreamed up Fred and George Weasley, Charlotte and Elizabeth Bronte accomplished impressive things as siblings. Their family history is a sad one, though, and their feelings of loss are evident in their most famous novels, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.
4. Middlemarch: Eliot's Novel of Provincial Life
In this lesson, we'll introduce the characters and many twisted plotlines of George Eliot's classic novel, 'Middlemarch.' Called the only Victorian novel 'written for grown-up people' by Virginia Woolf, this work is both expansive and highly realistic.
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Other chapters within the Humanities 101: Intro to the Humanities course
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- Humanities in the Ancient World
- Oral Tradition
- Humanities in Rome and Late Antiquity (250 CE-550 CE)
- Literature of the Middle Ages
- The Medieval Period in Music
- Art and Architecture of the Middle Ages
- Literature of the Renaissance
- Renaissance Music
- Art & Architecture of the Renaissance & Reformation
- Literature of the Enlightenment
- The Baroque Era in Music
- The Classical Era in Music
- The Romantic Period in Literature
- The Romantic Era in Music
- Modern Thought and Expression (1800-Present)
- Literary Modernism in the 19th & 20th Centuries
- Modern Music
- World Music
- Prominent American Novelists
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