Ch 4: Major Authors, Works & Movements in Literature

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Major Authors, Works & Movements in Literature - Chapter Summary

In this chapter are a variety of lessons you can study at your convenience to get reacquainted with African literature, Latin American literature, myths and more. Our instructors provide a complete overview of major authors, works and movements in literature, ensuring you're able to do the following in a short period of time:

  • List the major authors and works of world literature
  • Outline the timeline and major movements of American literature
  • Share the history and characteristics of African literature
  • Provide facts about ancient Asian literature and poetry
  • Discuss the history, authors and genres of Latin American literature
  • Identify and describe types of myths
  • Define folk literature and discuss associated books
  • Describe types and characteristics of narrative writing

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8 Lessons in Chapter 4: Major Authors, Works & Movements in Literature
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World Literature: Major Authors & Works

1. World Literature: Major Authors & Works

World literature is writing that goes beyond borders to touch readers worldwide. This lesson will define world literature and give five examples of books that have had a lasting influence.

American Literature: Major Movements, Timeline & Works

2. American Literature: Major Movements, Timeline & Works

This lesson discusses major movements, periods, writers, and works of American literature. The country's literature, which is as diverse as its people, reflects the struggle to find a national identity.

African Literature: History & Characteristics

3. African Literature: History & Characteristics

African literature may have gained much of its popularity in the 1950s, but its history goes back thousands of years. Open this lesson to explore the rich history of African literature and some of its characteristics.

Ancient Asian Literature & Poetry

4. Ancient Asian Literature & Poetry

This lesson discusses Ancient Asian literature in China and India, particularly the 'Vedas', the 'Ramayana', 'The Art of War', 'Confucius Analects' and 'Dao De Jing'.

Latin American Literature: History, Authors & Genres

5. Latin American Literature: History, Authors & Genres

Latin American literature has a diverse history filled with brilliant authors writing in a variety of genres. In this lesson, you'll get an inside look at the history of Latin American literature and learn about major authors and popular genres.

What Are Myths? - Definition, Types & Examples

6. What Are Myths? - Definition, Types & Examples

Lots of us read or even studied the Greek, Roman, and Egyptian gods in grade school or middle school. Just about every culture has its own myths, stories about gods and their magical deeds. In this lesson, we'll take a look at the defining characteristics of myths, as well as some examples.

Folk Literature: Definition & Books

7. Folk Literature: Definition & Books

From China to Israel to the United States, folk literature exists wherever there are humans to tell stories or to sing songs. Come hear more about these pieces of oral heritage and encounter some examples of the genre that you're sure to recognize!

What is Narrative Writing? - Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

8. What is Narrative Writing? - Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what makes a piece of writing a narrative. Examples are also given to illustrate the specific types of narrative writing.

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