Ch 21: NES ELA: Victorian Literature

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This chapter on Victorian literature can help you prepare for the National Evaluation Series (NES) English Language Arts (ELA) exam with interactive quizzes and engaging video lessons.

NES ELA: Victorian Literature - Chapter Summary

Brush up on Victorian literature for the NES ELA exam. This chapter uses video lessons and practice quizzes to help you review themes and styles found in Victorian literature. The lessons begin with an introduction to the authors of the Victorian era and explore many of the major works of the time. When you complete this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explore the works and influence Charles Dickens, including A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, and Oliver Twist
  • Examine the life and major works of George Eliot, including Middlemarch
  • Summarize the life and poems of Robert Browning
  • Identify the major poetic works of Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • Discuss how devout Catholicism influenced the works of Gerard Manley Hopkins

Use the video lessons to quickly cover topics you may not have studied in awhile or fill in any knowledge gaps. Each lesson lasts less than ten minutes, so you can cover the essential information in less time. Test your understanding with lesson quizzes and a chapter exam.

10 Lessons in Chapter 21: NES ELA: 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.

A Tale of Two Cities: Dickens' Novel of the French Revolution

3. A Tale of Two Cities: Dickens' Novel of the French Revolution

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. In this video lesson, learn about A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens' classic novel about the French Revolution.

Dickens' Great Expectations: Plot, Characters, and Social Class

4. Dickens' Great Expectations: Plot, Characters, and Social Class

In 'Great Expectations,' young Pip has big dreams and lofty goals. All that's standing in his way is pretty much everyone he meets, as well as himself. Watch this lesson to learn more about this classic Charles Dickens novel.

Oliver Twist: Plot and Characters in Dickens' Social Novel

5. Oliver Twist: Plot and Characters in Dickens' Social Novel

It's Oliver Twist, the tale of an orphan boy who's mistreated, kidnapped once or twice, and saved once or twice, but all along never loses his plucky optimism. Watch this lesson to find out more!

Introduction to George Eliot: Life and Major Works

6. 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.

Middlemarch:  Eliot's Novel of Provincial Life

7. Middlemarch: Eliot's Novel of Provincial Life

In this lesson, we'll introduce the characters and many twisted plotlines of George Eliot's classic novel, 'Middlemarch.' Called the only Victorian novel 'written for grown-up people' by Virginia Woolf, this work is both expansive and highly realistic.

Introduction to Robert Browning: Life and Poems

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

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