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MTEL English: European Authors & Poets - Chapter Summary
Use these engaging lessons to review important European authors and poets, such as Leo Tolstoy and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, as you review for the MTEL English exam. This chapter covers the writings and life of the following writers:
- Michel de Montaigne and Miguel de Cervantes
- Moliere and Jean-Jacques Rousseau
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- Anton Chekhov
- Rabindranath Tagore
- Rainer Maria Rilke and Franz Kafka
- Federico Garcia Lorca and Isak Dinesen
Each one of our lessons is presented in an engaging and easy-to understand format, allowing you to quickly review historical European writers and their accomplishments before the MTEL English exam. Access these lessons from the computer or mobile device to learn wherever you are in the world.
1. Literary Contributions of Michel de Montaigne
This lesson will examine Michel de Montaigne, the 16th century French writer and philosopher. We will explore characteristics of his works as well as his literary contributions to society.
2. Miguel de Cervantes: Biography, Books & Facts
You're probably familiar with Don Quixote and his squire Sancho Panza, but you might not know much about the man who gave these timeless characters life. You won't have to fight crowds (or windmills) to get up-close and personal with Miguel de Cervantes in this lesson, where you'll learn about his own fascinating story, his work, and some surprising facts concerning this famous Spanish author.
3. Literary Accomplishments & Contributions of Moliere
This lesson discusses the works and influence of Molière, the seventeenth-century playwright who is as iconic in the history of French literature as Shakespeare is in that of English. The lesson discusses both his literary context and some of his most enduring characters.
4. Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Ideas, Impact & Works
Jean-Jacques Rousseau was one of the most important philosophers of the Enlightenment period. Learn about his important works, his main ideas, and how he influenced other philosophers, movements, and governments in this lesson.
5. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Works & Biography
This lesson provides an overview of the life story and major works of Goethe, the German poet, novelist, and playwright. We'll also look at Goethe's lasting influence on Western literature, music, and philosophy.
6. Leo Tolstoy: Biography, Works & Quotes
Leo Tolstoy was without a doubt one of the world's greatest writers. His novels, such as 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina,' brought him fame, not only in Russia, but in the world at large. In this lesson, we will look at the life of Leo Tolstoy and observe how he developed as writer.
7. Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Biography & Literary Contributions
Fyodor Dostoyevsky was a Russian writer and philosopher. Providing some of the most influential literature of his time, Dostoyevsky's insight into human nature has made an impact not only on Russia, but across the world.
8. Anton Chekhov: Stories, Plays & Biography
The Russian author and playwright Anton Chekhov is considered to be the creator of the 'modern short story.' In this lesson, we will learn about his life and his literary accomplishments.
9. Rabindranath Tagore: Poems & Biography
Rabindranath Tagore a Nobel Prize winner and poet from Calcutta, was known for his beautiful poetry and influential way of looking at life and people. In this lesson we will discuss his life and his poems.
10. Rainer Maria Rilke: Quotes, Biography & Poems
This lesson provides an introduction to the life and work of Rainer Maria Rilke, a popular poet of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In his diverse written output, Rilke engaged deeply with questions of art and our relationship to it, and with the complexities of modern life.
11. Franz Kafka: Books & Biography
Franz Kafka, perhaps the most famous surrealist novelist of the twentieth century, published very little in his life. If not for the intervention of a dear friend, most of his genius would have been lost forever.
12. Federico Garcia Lorca: Poems & Biography
Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca built a successful literary career. His work is rich with the cultural history of the deep song. In this lesson, we will cover Federico Garcia Lorca's biography and the main characteristics of his poetry.
13. Isak Dinesen: Biography & Books
Isak Dinesen? Karen Dinesen? Karen Blixen? Osceola? Pierre Andrézel? Will the real author please stand up? What is the name of the author who published a classic that was later an Oscar-winning film? Find the answer to this question and others like it in this lesson.
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Other chapters within the MTEL English (07): Practice & Study Guide course
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- 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: Contemporary World Literature
- 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