Ch 6: Overview of Literary Periods (1500-1900)

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Use this self-paced literature study guide resource to review the literary periods from 1500 to 1900. These engaging lessons can help you solidify your understanding of these periods and get ready for upcoming literature tests.

Overview of Literary Periods (1500-1900) - Chapter Summary

It can be difficult to keep track of the different classifications of literature, but the lessons in this chapter can make that task easier. In video lessons designed to make concepts clear and easy to grasp, our instructors will help you become familiar with the elements that characterize several periods of literature. You'll also find the background information needed to connect key authors and works to the periods they helped to define. After completing this literature chapter, you should be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics of Romantic literature and art, as well as American Dark Romantic authors
  • Understand how the Literary Realism movement responded to Romanticism
  • Recognize William Shakespeare's most significant works of poetry and drama
  • Evaluate the authors and characteristics of several literary periods, including Renaissance literature, 17th- and 18th-century literature, Romantic prose, Victorian literature and literary modernism

Our student-friendly instructional design makes it easier for you to learn at your own pace. Each short lesson is taught in an engaging style. Lessons include a complete transcript, so you're free to give your full attention to the video without having to worry about taking notes. As you watch a video, if there is a concept that you would like to review, you can easily find the part of the video that covers that concept by following the video tags. When you feel comfortable with the material in a lesson, you can take a self-assessment quiz to see how much you've learned.

9 Lessons in Chapter 6: Overview of Literary Periods (1500-1900)
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The Romantic Period in American Literature and Art

1. The Romantic Period in American Literature and Art

This video introduces American Romanticism, a movement where literature focused on intuition, imagination and individualism. Authors such as Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow contributed to what became known as the American identity, as the new country did its best to distance itself from European tradition.

The Dark Romantics in American Literature

2. The Dark Romantics in American Literature

This video introduces the characteristics of Dark Romanticism, a movement at the end of the Romantic period where literature embodied creepy symbols, horrific themes, and explored the psychological effects of guilt and sin. Authors, such as Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne, wrote short stories, poems, and novels that encouraged Americans to see evil in everything.

The Literary Realism Movement: A Response to Romanticism

3. The Literary Realism Movement: A Response to Romanticism

In this lesson, we will learn about Realism in American literature, how this new literary movement grew out of Romanticism and what circumstances in our changing nation made that literary shift possible.

Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

4. 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

5. 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.

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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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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