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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- Who were William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, and what were their politics?
- What made the multi-faceted Philip Sidney a major early critic?
- Why was John Ruskin such an important Victorian critic?
- What was John Stuart Mill's theory of utilitarianism?
1. Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin: Politics and Essays
Meet THE power couple of the 1790s: Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin. Watch how Wollstonecraft inspires the feminist movement, and thrill to Godwin's early anarchic ways! Plus: how does one betray the other, even after death?
2. Philip Sidney and the Defense of Poesy
Sir Philip Sidney: courtier, soldier, governor, poet and critic. Learn all about this multifaceted Elizabethan celebrity and his massive effect on the worlds of poetry and literary scholarship.
3. John Ruskin: Victorian Thought and Criticism
From his beginnings as a poet and painter to his status as one of Victorian England's foremost social critics, learn all about John Ruskin's influence on the worlds of art and economic structure.
4. John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism, Quotes and Theory
Join us for this analysis of nineteenth century British philosopher John Stuart Mill, whose radical political and ethical ideas based in utilitarianism have had a profound effect in the final frontier and on our current political landscape.
5. Beah's A Long Way Gone: Summary, Setting & Quotes
'A Long Way Gone' is Ishmael Beah's autobiography of his life as a child soldier. This journey takes us from the first moments of life as a scared young boy to his rehabilitation when he begins to speak out against the horrors inflicted on so many boys like him.
6. Beah's A Long Way Gone: Themes & Discussion
A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah takes us into the depths of the Sierra Leone Civil War, which began in 1991. We will look at themes centered around loss of innocence, loss of family, the all pervasive damages of war, and the search for hope.
7. Capote's In Cold Blood: Summary & Characters
This lesson is a plot summary and overview of the characters in Truman Capote's non-fiction crime novel, 'In Cold Blood.' The book is the result of Capote's investigation into the 1959 murder of a Kansas farmer, his wife, and two of their children.
8. Capote's In Cold Blood: Themes & Analysis
In this lesson, we will explore the major themes in Truman Capote's nonfiction novel, 'In Cold Blood,' which is a true story about a 1959 family murder in Kansas. After the lesson, test your understanding by taking a short quiz.
9. Caputo's A Rumor of War: Summary & Analysis
Philip Caputo's 1977 memoir about his experience in the Vietnam War, 'A Rumor of War', is considered one of the most important books ever written about war. It gave many readers a first-hand experience of the most controversial conflict in American history.
10. Gerda Weissmann Klein's All But My Life: Summary & Quotes
Night by Wiesel. Survival in Auschwitz by Levi. When thinking of Holocaust memoirs, these are two of the most familiar names that come to light. Historically, the Holocaust, as an event and in memoirs in particular, has been told from the male perspective. With the publication of ''All But My Life'' in 1957, Gerda Klein became one of the first female survivors to shed light on the Holocaust.
11. Leopold's A Sand County Almanac: Summary & Analysis
This lesson gives an overview of Aldo Leopold's ''A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There,'' a book focused on ecology and environmentalism. Published in 1949, this book is still a relevant resource in our study of environmentalism.
12. Vanauken's A Severe Mercy: Quotes & Summary
Sheldon Vanauken's ''A Severe Mercy'' is the autobiographical story of the author and the love of his life. It tells the story of their dual and personal journeys to find faith and God, and how that affects their love.
13. Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, you will learn what Jonathan Swift's 'A Modest Proposal' is about, what it means within the context of the British exploitation of Ireland and the prevailing political perceptions of the time.
14. Information Writing: Definition, Style & Examples
Most of us encounter examples of information writing every day. Learn what information writing is, and see some examples to help ground your understanding of this writing genre.
15. Isak Dinesen: Biography & Books
Isak Dinesen? Karen Dinesen? Karen Blixen? Osceola? Pierre Andrézel? Will the real author please stand up? What is the name of the author who published a classic that was later an Oscar-winning film? Find the answer to this question and others like it in this lesson.
16. John James Audubon: Paintings & Books
From a humble beginning in Haiti to an adult life spent trekking across North America in study of nature, John James Audubon was a self-made man with a serious fascination for birds and wildlife. We'll review Audubon's life and work, as well as his influence on later scientists and conservationists.
17. Lincoln Steffens: Biography, Books & Accomplishments
Lincoln Steffens is considered to be one of the most impactful journalists during the Progressive Movement in America. Learn about how he got his start as a writer and some of his major contributions.
18. Mary Wollstonecraft: Works, Achievements & Influence
Mary Wollstonecraft, one of the earliest feminist writers, was definitely a forerunner of women's rights. Although Mary died very young, she left a legacy in her writings that impacted women for generations.
19. Michael Lewis: Biography & Books
Best-selling author Michael Lewis is the author of several non-fiction books you may have heard of, including Moneyball and The Blind Side, which were best-selling books that were made into popular movies. At the end of this lesson, you will know more about this successful American writer.
20. Narrative Nonfiction: Definition & Books
A lot of the nonfiction you've read may not have been for pleasure, so you might not think that factual works can be any fun. You can dispel that myth in this lesson, where you'll be introduced to the entertaining yet informative genre of narrative nonfiction and get to see a few popular examples.
21. Orientalism by Edward Said: Summary & Concept
This article reviews Edward Said's controversial work, 'Orientalism,' and its impact throughout the academic world. Complete the lesson, then test yourself with the quiz!
22. Rockwell Kent: Biography & Books
Rockwell Kent was known for his landscapes as well as his illustrations. He traveled widely, using his experiences as fuel for his art. He was also articulate and political, which caused him some difficulties.
23. Samuel Rutherford: Biography, Letters & Quotes
He never put on war paint or stood shaking a sword on the battlefield, but Samuel Rutherford nevertheless went to war and suffered for Scottish liberty. Find out more about the life, work, and words of this religious freedom fighter in this lesson!
24. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson: Summary & Analysis
This lesson reviews Rachel Carson's classic ''Silent Spring'', which was published in 1962. Read on to analyze the book's meanings and examine the impact it had on the pesticide industry in America.
25. What are Nonfiction Text Features? - Examples & Overview
In this lesson you will be introduced to a variety of features that authors use in nonfiction texts. You will learn the importance of these text features and how to use them to help you better understand what you are reading.
26. Red Scarf Girl: Summary & Themes
This lesson offers a plot summary and analysis of prevalent themes in Ji-Li Jiang's 'The Red Scarf Girl.' The memoir is a about the author's childhood in Communist China.
27. Red Scarf Girl: Characters & Quotes
''Red Scarf Girl'' by Ji-li Jiang is a stunning memoir that follows Ji-li Jiang's family as China transforms in 1966 due to the Cultural Revolution. In this lesson, you'll learn about the characters and review a few quotes from the book.
28. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen: Summary & Quotes
Need a little self-help? ''As a Man Thinketh,'' published in 1903, might fit the bill. In this lesson, you'll learn more about this 22-page blueprint for shaping your thoughts to achieve your best self and get a glimpse at a few popular quotes.
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- Modernism in English Literature: Help and Review
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