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Ch 11: MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: World Literature Characteristics

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Let our World Literature Characteristics chapter help you get ready for the MTLE Communication Arts/Literature exam. Review the development and flowering of the literary arts from the earliest medieval works to the modern era in these video lessons.

MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: World Literature Characteristics - Chapter Summary

Take a comprehensive look at literature through the centuries by viewing and working through the lessons in this chapter. See how literary works have changed from the epic poetry of Beowulf and Shakespeare's plays to the novels of Stephen Crane and Jack London as you prepare to take the MTLE Communication Arts/Literature test. You will study the material given in the following list:

  • Literary movements and periods,
  • Important writers and works in world literature
  • Medieval and Renaissance authors and works
  • Major writers from the 17th- and 18th-Century
  • Romantic prose and themes in Victorian literature
  • Modernist and naturalist literary movements and writers
  • Dark Romantics authors in American literature
  • Early 20th century writers
  • Literature and poetry of the Jazz Age and Harlem Renaissance

Each of our video lessons is accompanied by a short quiz that enables you to reinforce and measure your retention of the information, and there are links embedded in the quizzes that can take you to specific points in the video. Referral back and forth is a matter of keystrokes and takes almost no time at all. Further, you can use the timeline feature in the videos to pick and choose which segments you want to watch, thus saving valuable time.

12 Lessons in Chapter 11: MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: World Literature Characteristics
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Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

1. Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

When it comes to studying literature, there's about 1500 years of it to take in - and that's just in the English language! Fortunately, you can check out our crash course of key literary movements to see how the art form has developed over time.

World Literature: Major Authors & Works

2. World Literature: Major Authors & Works

World literature is writing that goes beyond borders to touch readers worldwide. This lesson will define world literature and give five examples of books that have had a lasting influence.

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

3. 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.

Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works

4. Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works

Chances are, you've heard of the term 'Renaissance' before, but do you know what it means? Watch this video to learn about how this artistic movement forever altered England and the way we look at literature.

Introduction to 17th- and 18th-Century Literature: Major Authors and Works

5. Introduction to 17th- and 18th-Century Literature: Major Authors and Works

A lot can happen in 200 years, as you'll see on our lesson that introduces you to British literature of the 17th and 18th centuries. Go from Shakespeare to the invention of the novel to the introduction of a prominent dictionary in our video below!

Introduction to Romantic Prose: Overview of Authors and Works

6. Introduction to Romantic Prose: Overview of Authors and Works

Romantic prose exists in novels, short stories and essays written during the Romantic period, specifically in England. The Romantic period lasted from about 1800 to 1840.

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

7. 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.

Overview of Literary Modernism: Authors, Context, and Style

8. Overview of Literary Modernism: Authors, Context, and Style

This video provides an introduction to the literary movement known as Modernism. Encompassing such writers as James Joyce, T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf, Modernism developed out of a sense that the art forms of the late nineteenth-century were inadequate to describe the condition of Europe after World War I.

Naturalism in Literature: Authors and Characteristics

9. Naturalism in Literature: Authors and Characteristics

Nature is indifferent; humans are just animals. So it goes in naturalism. In this lesson, we'll explore this literary movement. Authors discussed include Stephen Crane, Jack London and Theodore Dreiser.

The Dark Romantics in American Literature

10. The Dark Romantics in American Literature

This video introduces the characteristics of Dark Romanticism, a movement at the end of the Romantic period where literature embodied creepy symbols, horrific themes, and explored the psychological effects of guilt and sin. Authors, such as Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne, wrote short stories, poems, and novels that encouraged Americans to see evil in everything.

The Lost Generation: Expatriate Writers of the 20th Century

11. The Lost Generation: Expatriate Writers of the 20th Century

In this lesson, we will explore the effects of WWI on the American literary community. We will take a look at the Lost Generation of writers, the characteristics of their work and the ways in which they represented post-war attitudes both in the U.S. and abroad.

The Harlem Renaissance: Novels and Poetry from the Jazz Age

12. The Harlem Renaissance: Novels and Poetry from the Jazz Age

The Harlem Renaissance was a movement in the 1920s and 1930s during which there was an explosion of African-American art and literature. This lesson looks at the themes, causes, and important figures of the Harlem Renaissance.

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