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MTEL English: Contemporary World Literature - Chapter Summary
This chapter is focused on the major figures involved in contemporary world literature, serving as a great way to get re-acquainted with the writers you may find on the MTEL English exam. By the end of this chapter, you'll have learned about the styles, genres and trends in the wold literature, as well as the following authors:
- Albert Camus and Jorge Borges
- Primo Levi and Yehuda Amichai
- Nadine Gordimer and Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
- Pablo Neruda and Czeslaw Milosz
- Wole Soyinka and R.K. Narayan
- Margaret Atwood and Derek Walcott
- Naguib Mahfouz and Oe Kenzaburo
- Sir V.S. Naipaul
All of the lessons in this chapter were designed with the MTEL English test in mind. You'll not only study the information you need to know for test day, but you'll get the chance to test your knowledge through quizzes that are formatted similar to the actual test.
1. World Literature: Genres, Styles & Trends
Reading gives you the opportunity to experience different times and places. Contemporary world literature is especially helpful in this experience, particularly in giving readers the perspective of being a minority, non-westerner, or oppressed person.
2. Albert Camus: Biography, Novels & Short Stories
This lesson discusses the life and work of Nobel Prize-winning author Albert Camus, particularly his most famous work, The Stranger.
3. The Circular Ruins by Jorge Borges: Summary & Analysis
This lesson takes you into the fantasy writing of Argentine author and translator Jorge Luis Borges. You will discover the philosophy of idealism, and see new ways of perceiving reality.
4. Primo Levi: Biography & Literary Contributions
This lesson will provide a brief biography of the Italian Jewish chemist, writer, and Holocaust survivor, Primo Levi. We will also take a look at some of Levi's literary contributions.
5. Yehuda Amichai: Poems & Biography
Yehuda Amichai (1924-2000) lived as an Orthodox Jew and a warrior before he became a world-renowned poet. He received the Israel Prize for Poetry and has been nominated for a Nobel Prize.
6. Nadine Gordimer: Biography, Short Stories & Books
Nadine Gordimer was a South African author and political activist who received many awards for her books and short stories. Learn about the life and writing of this outspoken woman who wrote tirelessly about the effects of apartheid in South Africa.
7. Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn: Biography & Books
Russian writer Alexandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) is known for his novels which explore vital issues: an individual's resistance to an oppressive state and the importance of preserving human dignity in the face of the twentieth-century upheavals.
8. Pablo Neruda: Biography, Love Poems & Facts
In this lesson we will explore the life and work of Pablo Neruda, a famous poet who is especially well-known for his love poems. After a look at his life, we will look at his work, several specific poems, and a few fun facts about him.
9. Czeslaw Milosz: Biography & Literary Contributions
Author of over 70 books, Polish Nobel laureate for literature Czeslaw Milosz is among the greatest Polish writers of all time. He has a fascinating personal story to match; let's take a look.
10. Wole Soyinka: Biography, Poems & Books
Wole Soyinka is a Nigerian writer, political activist, and the first African to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature. In this lesson we'll learn about his history, works, and influence.
11. R.K. Narayan: Books & Biography
R. K. Narayan was one of the first to write Indian literature in English, and he helped make Indian culture more accessible to the Western world. This lesson will explore the life and works of the Narayan.
12. Margaret Atwood: Biography, Poems & Books
During this lesson, we will learn about Margaret Atwood, a famous Canadian writer. First, we will take a look at her life. Then we will learn about her most famous poems and books. A short quiz will follow.
13. Derek Walcott: Biography & Poems
Aside from Bob Marley, how many wordsmiths do you know from the Caribbean? Keep reading to meet one more when you learn about the life and work of Derek Walcott, a true poet of the Caribbean.
14. Naguib Mahfouz: Books, Quotes & Biography
Naguib Mahfouz was one of the greatest literary minds of the Arab world. In this lesson, learn about his contributions to literature as well as his sometimes controversial style.
15. Oe Kenzabur: Biography & Literary Contributions
This lesson will examine the life and works of Japenese writer Kenzaburo Oe. This lesson has a brief biography and we will explore some of the characteristics of his writing.
16. Sir V.S. Naipaul: Biography & Novels
While definitely a product of it, Sir V.S. Naipaul made criticism of the British Empire one of his primary themes throughout much of his long career as a twentieth century writer.
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Other chapters within the MTEL English (07): Practice & Study Guide course
- MTEL English: American Literature from 1600-1800
- MTEL English: Dark Romanticism & Transcendentalism
- MTEL English: Realism in American Literature
- MTEL English: Modernism in American Literature
- MTEL English: Contemporary American Literature
- MTEL English: Old & Middle English Literature
- MTEL English: Renaissance Literature
- MTEL English: 17th & 18th Century English Literature
- MTEL English: Authors & Poets of the Romantic Period
- MTEL English: Victorian Literature
- MTEL English: Contemporary British Literature
- MTEL English: Ancient Greek Literature
- MTEL English: Ancient World Literature
- MTEL English: European Authors & Poets
- MTEL English: Characteristics of Literature
- MTEL English: Genres & Types of Fiction
- MTEL English: Elements of Non-Fiction
- MTEL English: Drama as Literature
- MTEL English: Elements of Poetry
- MTEL English: Types of Poetry
- MTEL English: Interpreting Prose
- MTEL English: Literary Devices
- MTEL English: Literary Theory & Criticism
- MTEL English: Language Acquisition
- MTEL English: Principles of Rhetoric
- MTEL English: The Essay Writing Process
- MTEL English: Types of Compositions
- MTEL English: Writing Conventions
- MTEL English: Language & Reading Processes
- MTEL English: Vocabulary & Word Choice
- MTEL English: Motivating Students to Read
- MTEL English: Research-Based Reading Instruction
- MTEL English Flashcards