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Ch 6: MTEL English: Old & Middle English Literature

About This Chapter

Completing this chapter helps you to effectively prepare for the MTEL English exam. This chapter covers the Old and Middle English literature topics, including major authors and literary works of the time period, which may in be included on this test.

MTEL English: Old & Middle English Literature - Chapter Summary

Go through our interactive lessons to review famous works from Old and Middle English literature, such as Beowulf and The Miller's Tale, as part of your studies for the MTEL English exam. Upon completion, you'll have reviewed:

  • The historical context of the Old English and Middle English time period
  • Examples of Old English
  • Canterbury Tales characters, structure and writing style
  • 'The Knight's Tale' and the 'Wife of Bath's Tale'
  • 'The Nun's Priest's Tale'
  • 'The Prioress's Tale' and the 'Pardoner's Tale'

Moving through this chapter is easy because each video lesson is only 5-10 minutes long. Our videos also have tags that let you easily scroll through different sections. Use our resources as many times as you would like before taking the actual exam. All you have to do to gain access to them is go online, whether it's from your phone or computer.

10 Lessons in Chapter 6: MTEL English: Old & Middle English Literature
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Introduction to Medieval Literature: Old English, Middle English, and Historical Context

1. Introduction to Medieval Literature: Old English, Middle English, and Historical Context

We'll go over some quick medieval history to situate some of the major literary works of the time period. We're going from Caedmon and Beowulf, writing in Old English, all the way up to Sir Thomas Malory's collections of the Arthur myths in late Middle English.

Old English: Definition & Examples

2. Old English: Definition & Examples

Old English literature started with the Anglo-Saxons in the fifth century, and it provides the foundation for all English literature. Learn more about the history of Old English literature in this lesson.

Beowulf: Story, Characters, and Old English

3. Beowulf: Story, Characters, and Old English

In this lesson, we'll take a look at the Old English epic, Beowulf. We'll explore what happens, how it's written and why it has such a lasting legacy.

Introduction to Chaucer: Middle English and the Canterbury Tales

4. Introduction to Chaucer: Middle English and the Canterbury Tales

In this lesson, we'll introduce medieval writer Geoffrey Chaucer. We'll take a look at his life, his most famous works, including 'The Canterbury Tales,' and we'll spend some time learning how to read Middle English.

Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

5. Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

This lesson analyzes Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, an early classic of English literature. In it we will highlight Chaucer's criticism of social rank, the position of women, and Church corruption.

The Canterbury Tales General Prologue: Style, Structure, and Characters

6. The Canterbury Tales General Prologue: Style, Structure, and Characters

In this lesson, we'll go over the General Prologue to Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. We'll take a look at some of the most interesting pilgrims and establish the frame narrative for the rest of the work.

The Knight's Tale and the Wife of Bath's Tale: Two Approaches to Chivalric Romance

7. The Knight's Tale and the Wife of Bath's Tale: Two Approaches to Chivalric Romance

In this lesson, we'll outline some of the key features of the medieval genre of chivalric romance. Then we'll talk about two very different tales that are examples of this genre: The Knight's Tale and the Wife of Bath's Tale.

The Miller's Tale: Chaucer's Fabulous Fabliau

8. The Miller's Tale: Chaucer's Fabulous Fabliau

In this lesson we'll talk about the medieval genre of fabliau, which is full of wonderfully low-brow humor. We'll also discuss the plot of the Miller's Tale, a fabliau about a carpenter and his straying wife.

The Nun's Priest's Tale: The Beast Fable of the Canterbury Tales

9. The Nun's Priest's Tale: The Beast Fable of the Canterbury Tales

In this lesson, we'll go over the medieval beast fable genre and take a look at the Nun's Priest's Tale, one of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales that is illustrative of the genre.

The Prioress's Tale and the Pardoner's Tale: Chaucer's Two Religious Fables

10. The Prioress's Tale and the Pardoner's Tale: Chaucer's Two Religious Fables

In this lesson, we'll take a look at The Prioress's Tale and The Pardoner's Tale to get a better sense of the types of tales told by religious members of the pilgrimage party.

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