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Ch 10: MTEL English: Victorian Literature

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Let us help you get ready for the MTEL English exam through the engaging lessons in this chapter. These video and text lessons can help you review major themes and authors in Victorian literature.

MTEL English: Victorian Literature - Chapter Summary

Make use of the lessons available to you in this chapter to review important information about Victorian literature as you prepare for the MTEL English exam. Besides learning about common themes and style in Victorian literature, the following authors discussed in this chapter:

  • Charles Dickens
  • Emily and Charlotte Bronte
  • Matthew Arnold
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • Thomas Hardy
  • W.B. Yeats
  • Virginia Woolf

This chapter covers numerous authors from the Victorian era. After you have reviewed all of the lessons, take the self-assessment quizzes and the chapter test. These assessments can help you to become familiar with the types of questions you will encounter on the MTEL English exam.

8 Lessons in Chapter 10: MTEL English: Victorian Literature
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Introduction to Victorian Literature: Overview of Themes, Style, and Authors

1. Introduction to Victorian Literature: Overview of Themes, Style, and Authors

Victorian literature is literature written in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, or roughly from 1837 -1901. It is largely characterized by the struggle of working people and the triumph of right over wrong.

Introduction to Charles Dickens: Works, Style, and Influence

2. Introduction to Charles Dickens: Works, Style, and Influence

Ebenezer Scrooge. Oliver Twist. Miss Havisham. David Copperfield. These are among literature's most fascinating figures, and they were all created by the same author. Watch this lesson to learn more about one of the English language's greatest authors, Charles Dickens.

Emily and Charlotte Bronte: Sisters and Authors

3. Emily and Charlotte Bronte: Sisters and Authors

Long before JK Rowling dreamed up Fred and George Weasley, Charlotte and Elizabeth Bronte accomplished impressive things as siblings. Their family history is a sad one, though, and their feelings of loss are evident in their most famous novels, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

Matthew Arnold: Poetry & Criticism

4. Matthew Arnold: Poetry & Criticism

Matthew Arnold was an English poet and critic during the Victorian period. In this lesson, learn more about his thoughts on the role that poetry as well as literary and cultural criticism should have in society.

Introduction to Gerard Manley Hopkins: Devout Catholicism and Sprung Rhythm

5. Introduction to Gerard Manley Hopkins: Devout Catholicism and Sprung Rhythm

In this video, we'll introduce the 19th-century British poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. Hopkins is famous for inventing a new type of meter for poetry: sprung rhythm. We'll examine his poems and analyze how sprung rhythm works. Additionally, we'll examine the influence of Catholicism on Hopkins' poetry.

Author Thomas Hardy: Poems, Books & Characters

6. Author Thomas Hardy: Poems, Books & Characters

In this lesson, we will explore the works of Thomas Hardy, paying special attention to his poetry, novels, and the famous characters therein. We will look especially at some context about why Hardy created his memorable plots and characters.

Introduction to W.B. Yeats:  Life and Poetry

7. Introduction to W.B. Yeats: Life and Poetry

'Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.' Watch this video to learn more about the man behind that quote - W.B. Yeats. Study the events, stages and works of his writing career. Also take a look at his personal history, including his ties to Ireland.

Introduction to Virginia Woolf: Life and Works

8. Introduction to Virginia Woolf: Life and Works

This lesson introduces Virginia Woolf's life and works. We'll cover her involvement with the Bloomsbury Group and the evolution of her experimental style across works like Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, and the Waves.

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