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Ch 14: MTEL English: European Authors & Poets

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Getting ready for the MTEL English exam won't be a challenge thanks to this chapter. These lessons include detailed information about the European authors and poets that you may find on this test, such as Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Anton Chekhov and Moliere.

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.

13 Lessons in Chapter 14: MTEL English: European Authors & Poets
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Literary Contributions of Michel de Montaigne

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.

Miguel de Cervantes: Biography, Books & Facts

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.

Literary Accomplishments & Contributions of Moliere

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.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Ideas, Impact & Works

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.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Works & Biography

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.

Leo Tolstoy: Biography, Works & Quotes

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.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Biography & Literary Contributions

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.

Anton Chekhov: Stories, Plays & Biography

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.

Rabindranath Tagore: Poems & Biography

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.

Rainer Maria Rilke: Quotes, Biography & 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.

Franz Kafka: Books & Biography

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.

Federico Garcia Lorca: Poems & Biography

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.

Isak Dinesen: Biography & Books

13. Isak Dinesen: Biography & Books

Isak Dinesen? Karen Dinesen? Karen Blixen? Osceola? Pierre Andr├ęzel? 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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