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Overview of Literary Genres - Chapter Summary
This lesson will you help refresh your memory of important literary genres. You'll examine several fiction and nonfiction genres, including informational writing, short stories, novels, autobiographies, epistolary writing and satire. Our instructors will help you memorize poetry terms and summarize the history of drama. Upon completion of this chapter, you'll be able to:
- Recognize types of literary genres
- Define nonfiction and literary terms related to poetry
- Identify types, styles and examples of informational writing
- Outline types of literary nonfiction, including biographies, autobiographies, diaries and letters
- Assess examples of informational texts and epistolary writing
- Interpret types of fiction writing, including novels, novellas and short stories
- Understand drama terms, styles and time periods
- Analyze satire, parody and spoof
These helpful and comprehensive lessons are generally less than ten minutes long, which enables you to quickly and efficiently study literary genres and terminology. Each lesson contains a short self-assessment quiz that helps you check your comprehension of the material as you study. You can print lesson transcripts to enhance your studying experience and reach out to our instructors if you have any questions. The chapter material is available at any time that fits your schedule and you can study on any computer or mobile device.
1. What is Genre? - Definition & Types
Genre is a French word that means sort or style. It is often used to classify different types of art. In this lesson, we will define genre, learn why it's important and look at how genres evolve over time.
2. What Is Nonfiction? - Definition & Examples
There are a wide variety of genres of literature, but most can be separated into two categories. Watch this video lesson to learn about one of those categories: nonfiction.
3. Informational Writing: Types & Samples
In this lesson, we will define informational writing, examine the purpose of this type of writing and explore the features of different kinds of informational texts.
4. 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.
5. Literary Nonfiction: Essays, Diaries, Letters, & More
Watch this video lesson to explore the world of literary nonfiction. You will learn the similarities and differences between journals, diaries, memoirs and much more.
6. Literary Nonfiction: Biographies & Autobiographies
Literary nonfiction consists of many types of writing. Two of the most popular types are biographies and autobiographies. Watch this video lesson to learn more about these two types.
7. Informational Text: Editorials, Articles, Speeches & More
Informational nonfiction is a large category that includes various types of writing. Learn about two of those types, articles and speeches, in this video lesson.
8. Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories
Learn how fiction is organized by length into three categories: novels, novellas and short stories. Explore the general characteristics of each type, and learn about some famous examples.
9. Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry
Before you start your study of poetry, you'll want to have these technical, literary and genre terms at your disposal. Read on to learn the basics of analyzing poetry!
10. What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles
Ever wonder why we use the word 'drama' when referencing people who overreact to a situation? Discover the definition of drama, its different styles, and why your friends might belong on the stage in this overview of the dramatic genre.
11. The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples
In this lesson, learn about fables, folktales, myths and legends, stories that entertain and serve instructive or educational purposes. Discover how these types of stories differ from one another and about their prevalence throughout the world.
12. Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms
In this lesson, you will discover that prose writing can take on different formats, from letters and diary entries to newspaper clippings and interviews. Explore how writers of both non-fiction and fiction tell stories through these different forms.
13. Satire, Parody, or Spoof: Types of Humorous Writing
Learn about how writers use satire, parody and spoof to make their readers laugh and think. Explore how these forms mock the conventions of specific literary works and genres.
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