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Ch 23: NES ELA: Modernist Authors in English Literature

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Dust off your knowledge of Modernist authors in English literature for the National Evaluation Series (NES) English Language Arts (ELA) exam with these brief video lessons and practice quizzes.

NES ELA: Modernist Authors in English Literature - Chapter Summary

This study guide is a quick way to review the major English Modernist authors and their literary contributions for the NES ELA exam. In these lessons, you'll cover the context and style of the Modernist movement in literature and explore the lives and major works of key authors. After finishing the lessons, you'll be able to:

  • Introduce the background, works and style of T.S. Eliot
  • Analyze 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock'' and ''The Waste Land''
  • Examine the life and works of Virginia Woolf
  • Explore the evolution of the style of James Joyce
  • Discuss the life, plays and novels of Samuel Beckett
  • Summarize the controversy surrounding D.H. Lawrence
  • Identify the importance and major works of Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein and Katherine Mansfield

Our knowledgeable instructors use visual aids and an engaging, easy-to-follow teaching style to bring these authors to life. Watch the lessons as many times as you'd like until you've mastered the material. Gauge your understanding of lesson topics with self-assessment quizzes and a chapter exam.

9 Lessons in Chapter 23: NES ELA: Modernist Authors in English Literature
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Overview of Literary Modernism: Authors, Context, and Style

1. 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.

Introduction to T.S. Eliot: Author Background, Works, and Style

2. Introduction to T.S. Eliot: Author Background, Works, and Style

This video introduces T.S. Eliot and his major works. It outlines his early life and move to England, and traces his stylistic evolution over his most famous and significant poems.

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock: Overview and Analysis

3. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock: Overview and Analysis

This video introduces T.S. Eliot's poem, 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.' It outlines the general setup of the poem, its enigmatic lead character and its stylistic characteristics. It also highlights key passages.

The Waste Land: Structure and Style Explained

4. The Waste Land: Structure and Style Explained

As an introduction to T.S. Eliot's landmark poem, 'The Waste Land,' this lesson will outline some of the key Modernist features of the work. We'll address nonlinearity, irony and juxtaposition, voice, and allusions. Through taking a look at each of these features, we'll try to understand why 'The Waste Land' is as strange as it is important.

Introduction to Virginia Woolf: Life and Works

5. 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.

Introduction to James Joyce: Life and Evolution of Style

6. 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

7. 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.'

Introduction to D.H. Lawrence: His Works and Controversy

8. Introduction to D.H. Lawrence: His Works and Controversy

In this video, we'll introduce D.H. Lawrence's life and works. We'll dig a little deeper into his controversial portrayals of sexuality and explore the social politics at play in his life and in his fiction.

Even More Modernists: Pound, Stein, and Mansfield

9. Even More Modernists: Pound, Stein, and Mansfield

In this lesson, explore a few major figures in modernist literature who helped define the 20th century, including Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, and Katherine Mansfield. Test your understanding of these figures with a brief quiz.

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