Ch 9: Modern Era British Literature

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Learn more about the authors of the modern era of British literature. Use these video lessons and short quizzes to test your knowledge about the contributions of various novelists, poets and playwrights in this era.

Modern Era British Literature - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our experts explain the evolution of the modern era in British Literature. You'll learn about famous authors such as Joseph Conrad, Oscar Wilde, and George Orwell. Our experienced instructors ease you into studying the history and work of influential artists through quick, engaging videos. Once you finish this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Discuss literary modernism, including its authors, context, and style
  • Understand the reputation of Oscar Wilde and his influential plays and novels
  • Analyze the history and works of famous poets and playwrights, such as George Bernard Shaw, W.B. Yeats, and T.S. Eliot
  • Describe the influence of Joseph Conrad, E.M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, and George Orwell as novelists
  • Analyze the various style of James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, and D.H. Lawrence as influential poets and novelists
  • Explain the creation of the Bloomsbury group and know its members

Help from an expert is just a few clicks away on the Dashboard if you struggle to understand any of these literary concepts. It's easy to navigate our videos using the timeline tags if you'd like to go back and review any of the material again. Take the quiz included with each lesson and the test at the end of the chapter to evaluate your knowledge.

13 Lessons in Chapter 9: Modern Era British Literature
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Overview of Literary Modernism: Authors, Context, and Style

1. 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.

Introduction to Oscar Wilde: Plays, Novels, and Sexuality

2. Introduction to Oscar Wilde: Plays, Novels, and Sexuality

From ''The Picture of Dorian Gray'' to the ''Importance of Being Earnest'', Oscar Wilde left an indelible mark on literature and theater. In this lesson, you'll learn all about the Victorian author.

Introduction to George Bernard Shaw: Life and Major Plays

3. Introduction to George Bernard Shaw: Life and Major Plays

George Bernard Shaw is one of the most prolific and important playwrights in the last 150 years. Don't believe us? Watch this video to learn about his social activism, his important contribution to the world of education and, of course, his plays.

Introduction to Joseph Conrad:  Novels and Colonialism

4. Introduction to Joseph Conrad: Novels and Colonialism

Sailor, groundbreaking writer, incurable racist - these are just some of the terms that have been used to describe novelist Joseph Conrad. Watch our lesson for an introduction to this man's life and an overview of his major works!

Introduction to W.B. Yeats:  Life and Poetry

5. Introduction to W.B. Yeats: Life and Poetry

'Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.' Watch this video to learn more about the man behind that quote - W.B. Yeats. Study the events, stages and works of his writing career. Also take a look at his personal history, including his ties to Ireland.

Introduction to E.M. Forster:  Overview of Life and Works

6. Introduction to E.M. Forster: Overview of Life and Works

E.M. Forster is one of the most celebrated British novelists of the 20th century. In particular, his depictions of class issues struck a chord with many readers - and continue to do so today. Watch this lesson for an overview of his six key novels!

Introduction to T.S. Eliot: Author Background, Works, and Style

7. Introduction to T.S. Eliot: Author Background, Works, and Style

This video introduces T.S. Eliot and his major works. It outlines his early life and move to England, and traces his stylistic evolution over his most famous and significant poems.

Introduction to Virginia Woolf: Life and Works

8. Introduction to Virginia Woolf: Life and Works

This lesson introduces Virginia Woolf's life and works. We'll cover her involvement with the Bloomsbury Group and the evolution of her experimental style across works like Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, and the Waves.

Introduction to James Joyce: Life and Evolution of Style

9. Introduction to James Joyce: Life and Evolution of Style

In this lesson, we'll get familiar with James Joyce's life and works. We'll trace how his biography influences his major novels and how his style changes over time.

Introduction to Samuel Beckett: Life, Plays, and Novels

10. Introduction to Samuel Beckett: Life, Plays, and Novels

This video will introduce the late modernist author and playwright Samuel Beckett. A close friend of James Joyce, Beckett's works typically portray a meaningless, absurd existence. This is epitomized in his most famous work, 'Waiting for Godot.'

Introduction to D.H. Lawrence: His Works and Controversy

11. Introduction to D.H. Lawrence: His Works and Controversy

In this video, we'll introduce D.H. Lawrence's life and works. We'll dig a little deeper into his controversial portrayals of sexuality and explore the social politics at play in his life and in his fiction.

George Orwell: Biography, Books & Facts

12. George Orwell: Biography, Books & Facts

Do you know anyone who would volunteer to fight in a war? Or live in a slum and work as a dishwasher when he did not have to? George Orwell did both. Read on to learn how and why he chose these experiences.

The Bloomsbury Group: Members & Books

13. The Bloomsbury Group: Members & Books

The Bloomsbury Group was an intellectual society formed in the center of London by a group of artists and writers. In this lesson, we will learn more about the members of this influential group.

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