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Ch 20: MTTC English: Victorian Literature

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Review information on Victorian novelists and poets and their influence as you prepare for the MTTC English exam. After completing our video lessons and quizzes, you'll be ready for exam questions on these topics.

MTTC English: Victorian Literature - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter's lessons to brush up on important Victorian-era writers and their works as you study for the MTTC English exam. Our videos and quizzes can prepare you for exam questions on the following:

  • Authors, themes and styles of the Victorian era
  • The works and influence of Charles Dickens and George Eliot
  • Robert Browning's life and poetry
  • Major works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • The innovations of Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • William Butler Yeats and his poetry
  • Joseph Conrad and his ties to colonialism
  • E.M. Forster's works

These lessons are created and presented by expert instructors who understand what you need to know for success on the exam. The lessons are available anytime on computer or mobile device. If you still have questions when you've finished, you are encouraged to contact the instructor for clarification.

MTTC English: Victorian Literature Chapter Objectives

In Michigan, passing the MTTC English exam is one of the state's requirements for certification to teach the subject. The exam is divided into four subareas, and questions on the material from the Victorian Literature chapter are the Literature and Understanding subarea, which accounts for 26% of the test's total score.

The quiz questions that accompany all of our video lessons are multiple choice, like the questions you'll encounter on the MTTC English exam. In addition to offering the opportunity to practice answering questions in this format, the quizzes offer a way to assess your learning and determine where there are weaknesses requiring more review.

9 Lessons in Chapter 20: MTTC 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.

Introduction to George Eliot: Life and Major Works

3. Introduction to George Eliot: Life and Major Works

Mary Ann Evans, aka George Eliot, is one of the premiere writers of Victorian England. Watch this video lesson to see how she combined her interests in realism and rural life into an epic output of novels.

Introduction to Robert Browning: Life and Poems

4. Introduction to Robert Browning: Life and Poems

Robert Browning was a Victorian poet who liked to write creepy monologues about killers, monarchs and more killers. Learn all about him in our video lesson!

Introduction to Alfred Lord Tennyson: Life and Major Poetic Works

5. Introduction to Alfred Lord Tennyson: Life and Major Poetic Works

He's a Poet Laureate, a master wordsmith and the originator of quotes you probably think came from Shakespeare. Check out our lesson on Alfred, Lord Tennyson, possibly the most important English poet of the Victorian era!

Introduction to Gerard Manley Hopkins: Devout Catholicism and Sprung Rhythm

6. 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.

Introduction to Joseph Conrad:  Novels and Colonialism

7. Introduction to Joseph Conrad: Novels and Colonialism

Sailor, groundbreaking writer, incurable racist - these are just some of the terms that have been used to describe novelist Joseph Conrad. Watch our lesson for an introduction to this man's life and an overview of his major works!

Introduction to W.B. Yeats:  Life and Poetry

8. 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 E.M. Forster:  Overview of Life and Works

9. Introduction to E.M. Forster: Overview of Life and Works

E.M. Forster is one of the most celebrated British novelists of the 20th century. In particular, his depictions of class issues struck a chord with many readers - and continue to do so today. Watch this lesson for an overview of his six key novels!

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