Ch 22: MTTC English: World Literature

About This Chapter

Let us help you renew your understanding of major international authors and their works. Our video lessons and quizzes can aid in your preparation for the MTTC English exam.

MTTC English: World Literature - Chapter Summary

Refresh your understanding of important authors and literature from countries outside of North America. These lessons and quizzes will help you prepare for MTTC English exam questions about the following topics:

  • Plays by George Bernard Shaw
  • Oscar Wilde's work and his sexuality
  • Life and writing style of James Joyce
  • Samuel Beckett's plays and novels
  • Major works by Irish and Caribbean authors
  • Significant Indian and African authors
  • Major world literary movements

These lessons are available on a computer or mobile device, and you can review them anytime you have a few minutes to spare. Embedded video tags let you quickly return to key parts of the video, and the written lessons include bold vocabulary words for easy reference.

MTTC English: World Literature Chapter Objectives

In Michigan, passing the MTTC English exam is one of the requirements for certification to teach English. There are four subareas on the exam, and questions on the material this chapter explores are in the subarea on Literature and Understanding, which makes up 26% of the total score. This part of the exam aids you in reviewing the cultural aspect of literature, themes associated with various cultures and major world writers.

The questions on the MTTC English exam are all multiple choice, and the exam is available both on paper and on computer. You can practice answering multiple-choice questions on the computer through the short quizzes that follow each of our lessons. These quizzes also point out gaps in your learning, letting you see where further review is needed.

9 Lessons in Chapter 22: MTTC English: World Literature
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Introduction to George Bernard Shaw: Life and Major Plays

1. Introduction to George Bernard Shaw: Life and Major Plays

George Bernard Shaw is one of the most prolific and important playwrights in the last 150 years. Don't believe us? Watch this video to learn about his social activism, his important contribution to the world of education and, of course, his plays.

Introduction to Oscar Wilde: Plays, Novels, and Sexuality

2. Introduction to Oscar Wilde: Plays, Novels, and Sexuality

From ''The Picture of Dorian Gray'' to the ''Importance of Being Earnest'', Oscar Wilde left an indelible mark on literature and theater. In this lesson, you'll learn all about the Victorian author.

Introduction to James Joyce: Life and Evolution of Style

3. Introduction to James Joyce: Life and Evolution of Style

In this lesson, we'll get familiar with James Joyce's life and works. We'll trace how his biography influences his major novels and how his style changes over time.

Introduction to Samuel Beckett: Life, Plays, and Novels

4. Introduction to Samuel Beckett: Life, Plays, and Novels

This video will introduce the late modernist author and playwright Samuel Beckett. A close friend of James Joyce, Beckett's works typically portray a meaningless, absurd existence. This is epitomized in his most famous work, 'Waiting for Godot.'

Significant Irish Authors & Their Works

5. Significant Irish Authors & Their Works

In this lesson, we briefly explore the history of Ireland and delve into the English-language literature that the island has produced in the last 300 years.

Significant Caribbean Authors & Their Works

6. Significant Caribbean Authors & Their Works

In this lesson, we will explore the history of Caribbean literature and discover some of the key themes of the genre while learning about a few of its most prolific authors.

Literary Works from English-Speaking African Countries

7. Literary Works from English-Speaking African Countries

This lesson analyzes the literary works in English produced by four African writers: Sol Plaatje, Cyprian Ekwensi, Chinua Achebe, and J.M. Coetzee. These authors share a common focus: the suffering of colonized people in Africa.

Significant Authors from India & Their Works

8. Significant Authors from India & Their Works

In this lesson we explore English-language authors from India, from the colonial period when English was introduced until the present day. Their literary work covers an exhaustive range of topics.

Overview of Major International Literary Movements

9. Overview of Major International Literary Movements

This lesson analyzes four different literary movements that influenced literature across the globe. Those four movements include: modernism, postmodernism, postcolonialism, and the New Sincerity movement.

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