Ch 8: NYSTCE English Language Arts: British Literature

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Review British authors and their works for your NYSTCE English Language Arts Test. Let our study guide help you answer questions about the works of important British writers, with its engaging video lessons and self-assessing quizzes.

NYSTCE English Language Arts: British Literature - Chapter Summary

In this lesson, return to the various periods of British literature, beginning with Old English and leading up through Modernism. Consider the authors' writings, their styles and the context within which they accomplished their writings. The following topics related to authors and their works are included for your study:

  • Medieval literature
  • Shakespeare
  • The Renaissance
  • Restoration comedy
  • 17th- and 18th-Century authors and works
  • Romantic prose
  • Victorian literature
  • Literary Modernism

Reconnect with authors and their works from the various periods. Explore the common themes and understand the context in which they wrote. Take the quiz at the end of each lesson to experience the types of questions you might find on the test.

NYSTCE English Language Arts: British Literature Objectives

Although other test subareas may have questions pertaining to related topics, the language and literature subarea, composing about 18% of the exam, includes the major bulk of the questions specifically concerning British and Irish literature. Review the following topics:

  • British and Irish writers and their works
  • Various writing movements
  • Development of British literature, leading from the Anglo-Saxon period to present day
  • Significant themes and works from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and the Anglo-Saxon periods
  • Important themes and works from the Enlightenment, Victorian and Romantic periods, in addition to the 20th century
  • Classical archetypes that cross the cultures
  • Effects of cultural movements and historical events on British literature

Our lessons can help you review for test day and might even renew your interest in some authors you've not recently read.

8 Lessons in Chapter 8: NYSTCE English Language Arts: British Literature
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Introduction to Medieval Literature: Old English, Middle English, and Historical Context

1. Introduction to Medieval Literature: Old English, Middle English, and Historical Context

We'll go over some quick medieval history to situate some of the major literary works of the time period. We're going from Caedmon and Beowulf, writing in Old English, all the way up to Sir Thomas Malory's collections of the Arthur myths in late Middle English.

Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

2. Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

This video provides a crash course introduction to William Shakespeare's life, plays, and poetry. From 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' to 'The Tempest', we'll give you a timeline of his works and quick descriptions of what you need to know to identify them.

Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works

3. Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works

Chances are, you've heard of the term 'Renaissance' before, but do you know what it means? Watch this video to learn about how this artistic movement forever altered England and the way we look at literature.

Restoration Comedy: Theatre of the 1700s

4. Restoration Comedy: Theatre of the 1700s

Despite their name, Restoration comedies have nothing to do with fixing up a theater. Rather, these were shockingly explicit works that were created after almost two decades of live performances being outlawed in England. Watch our video lesson to learn about this surprising and hilarious time in English theatrical history.

Introduction to 17th- and 18th-Century Literature: Major Authors and Works

5. Introduction to 17th- and 18th-Century Literature: Major Authors and Works

A lot can happen in 200 years, as you'll see on our lesson that introduces you to British literature of the 17th and 18th centuries. Go from Shakespeare to the invention of the novel to the introduction of a prominent dictionary in our video below!

Introduction to Romantic Prose: Overview of Authors and Works

6. Introduction to Romantic Prose: Overview of Authors and Works

Romantic prose exists in novels, short stories and essays written during the Romantic period, specifically in England. The Romantic period lasted from about 1800 to 1840.

Introduction to Victorian Literature: Overview of Themes, Style, and Authors

7. 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.

Overview of Literary Modernism: Authors, Context, and Style

8. 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.

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