Ch 11: MTEL English: Contemporary British Literature

About This Chapter

This engaging chapter is useful because it can help you prepare for the MTEL English exam. Review major works and authors in contemporary British literature as you study for this Massachusetts teacher certification exam.

MTEL English: Contemporary British Literature - Chapter Summary

In order to review contemporary British authors who had an impact, go through each engaging lesson in this chapter. This helps you review for MTEL English test questions related to:

  • The life and writing style of James Joyce
  • Major plays by George Bernard Shaw
  • The works of D.H. Lawrence
  • Famous poems of W.H. Auden
  • Life and poems of Dylan Thomas
  • Doris Lessing's books and biography
  • Seamus Heaney's life, works and impact

Give yourself ample preparation for the MTEL English exam by looking at these lessons, which are found in video and text formats. Make sure you are ready for the actual test by using our self-assessment quizzes.

7 Lessons in Chapter 11: MTEL English: Contemporary British Literature
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Introduction to James Joyce: Life and Evolution of Style

1. 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 George Bernard Shaw: Life and Major Plays

2. 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 D.H. Lawrence: His Works and Controversy

3. 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.

W.H. Auden: Biography & Famous Poems

4. W.H. Auden: Biography & Famous Poems

This lesson will explore the life and work of W. H. Auden. In addition to his poetry, we will consider the context he was writing in and the central themes of his work.

Dylan Thomas: Biography & Poems

5. Dylan Thomas: Biography & Poems

Dylan Thomas, Wales' most famous poet, continues to be taught in schools and read in homes, even after his premature death. Read about what makes his life and poetry so original.

Doris Lessing: Books & Biography

6. Doris Lessing: Books & Biography

Award-winning author Doris Lessing (1919-2013) left a legacy of personal and descriptive fiction which will continue to be read by generations of readers. This lesson provides an overview of her life and work.

Seamus Heaney: Poems & Biography

7. Seamus Heaney: Poems & Biography

In this lesson, you will learn about Irish poet Seamus Heaney. The lesson will focus on his life as a poet and professor. You will also learn about his works, including poems ~'Mid-Term Break~' and ~'Digging.~' This lesson will also discuss his impact on present-day British Literature.

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