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- How does modernist English literature reflect the interwar period?
- What unique modernist features are found in T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land?
- How is Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway an example of free indirect discourse?
- Why are James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Ulysses so challenging to read?
- What made Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot such an innovative play?
- Why were D. H. Lawrence's novels so controversial?
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.
2. 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.
3. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock: Overview and Analysis
This video introduces T.S. Eliot's poem, 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.' It outlines the general setup of the poem, its enigmatic lead character and its stylistic characteristics. It also highlights key passages.
4. The Waste Land: Structure and Style Explained
As an introduction to T.S. Eliot's landmark poem, 'The Waste Land,' this lesson will outline some of the key Modernist features of the work. We'll address nonlinearity, irony and juxtaposition, voice, and allusions. Through taking a look at each of these features, we'll try to understand why 'The Waste Land' is as strange as it is important.
5. 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.
6. Mrs. Dalloway: Analysis of Characters and Style
This lesson outlines the characters, major plot points and style of Virginia Woolf's 1925 novel 'Mrs. Dalloway.' We'll discuss how free indirect discourse informs both the style and substance of the novel, and how memory and interpretation are valued more highly than relaying concrete events.
7. To the Lighthouse: Overview of Style and Plot
An overview of the plot, characters, and stylistic innovations in Virginia Woolf's 'To the Lighthouse.' We'll talk about Woolf's use of voices and perspectives of multiple characters and her fluid sense of time within the novel.
8. 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.
9. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Character & Epiphany
This lesson outlines the plot of Joyce's novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, while focusing on the development of protagonist Stephen Dedalus according to the expectations of the Bildungsroman genre. Additionally, we'll take a look at stylistic elements such as voice and epiphany.
10. Ulysses: Structure, Style, and Characters
For James Joyce's masterpiece, we'll look at the differences between protagonists Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom, understand what Homer's Odyssey has to do with the structure, and talk about the novel's ever-shifting style.
11. 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.'
12. Waiting for Godot: Plot, Characters, and Style
In this lesson, we'll explore Samuel Beckett's groundbreaking play, Waiting for Godot. We'll look at its main characters, Vladimir and Estragon, and hear an example of their circular, sometimes nonsensical banter. We'll also briefly discuss the play's legacy in modern theater.
13. 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.
14. Even More Modernists: Pound, Stein, and Mansfield
In this lesson, explore a few major figures in modernist literature who helped define the 20th century, including Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, and Katherine Mansfield. Test your understanding of these figures with a brief quiz.
15. James Joyce's Araby: Summary & Analysis
This lesson examines 'Araby' by James Joyce, the story of a young boy who fails to realize his obsession with the girl living across the street. The lesson studies the story's setting, artistic techniques, plot and themes.
16. A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor: Summary & Analysis
If you think your family's road trips are bad, you probably haven't read Flannery O'Connor's story about a vacation gone terribly wrong. Check out this lesson, including a synopsis and analysis, of 'A Good Man is Hard to Find.'
17. A Good Man is Hard to Find: Characters & Setting
This lesson will provide you with a synopsis of a well-known work in the Southern Gothic genre, Flannery O'Connor's short story 'A Good Man is Hard to Find.' Explore the descriptions of its setting and main characters, then test your understanding with a few quiz questions.
18. A Good Man is Hard to Find: Theme & Symbolism
Sure, everybody makes mistakes, but what does it take to learn from them? Find out what lengths one proud grandma has to go to when we explore the theme and symbols in Flannery O'Connor's 'A Good Man is Hard to Find.'
19. 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.
20. Hugh Selwyn Mauberley by Ezra Pound: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson you will review the language and symbolism in Ezra Pound's long poem, 'Hugh Selwyn Mauberley.' By the end of this lesson, you should have an understanding of Pound's purpose in writing the poem, the poem's structure, and some significant insights into the symbols used in the poem.
21. 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.
22. Virginia Woolf's Jacob's Room: Summary & Overview
This lesson will look at Virginia Woolf's novel titled 'Jacob's Room.' We'll consider the philosophical and literary context, the plot of the novel, and the way in which the novel is narrated.
23. Narcissus and Goldmund by Herman Hesse: Summary & Quotes
Narcissus and Goldmund is a coming of age story about a young man with little knowledge of his mother who embarks on a series of travels to discover the meaning of life.
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