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Ch 10: PLACE English: Renaissance Literature

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Find out if whether tis nobler to study for the PLACE English test by using this chapter, as opposed to studying on your own. Review our video lessons to learn about the key authors and styles of Renaissance literature.

PLACE English: Renaissance Literature - Chapter Summary

Although many different types of literature came out during the Renaissance, some of the most remembered pieces were plays, and questions about these plays and other works are certain to be on your PLACE English test. Refamiliarize yourself with the playwrights and poets of this age by going through each of these video lessons. At the end of this chapter, you should possess a more thorough understanding of the following:

  • Major Renaissance works and authors
  • Shakespeare's life and major works
  • Analysis of Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Othello, and The Tempest
  • Interpreting Shakespearean sonnets
  • Biography and writings by Ben Jonson and Christopher Marlowe
  • Edmund Spenser's sonnets and The Faerie Queene

Watch these videos to discover each of the major authors' biographies and analyze the transcripts as you start memorizing which works were produced by which writers. As you get ready for the PLACE English test, some of your study sessions may be scheduled far apart. That's why we programmed our dashboard to keep your place, as it points out which videos you viewed recently. Plus, with our mobile friendly platform, you can study at any Wi-Fi location.

PLACE English: Renaissance Literature Chapter Objectives

Colorado uses the PLACE English test to verify if English teacher applicants possess the knowledge to earn a subject-specific certification. The structure of the test includes multiple-choice questions across five key sections. Out of all five sections, the literature section is the largest, since it requires individuals not only to understand terminology and critical analysis, but this section also asks about all of the major literary movements that have occurred since and even before the Middle Ages. Therefore, you will need a broad understanding of literature fresh in your mind come test day. This chapter can get you set up for understanding Renaissance literature, including major genre themes, political and social factors, and the names of the most noted authors along with their works.

11 Lessons in Chapter 10: PLACE English: Renaissance Literature
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Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works

1. 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 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.

Richard III: Fact and Fiction in Shakespeare's History Plays

3. Richard III: Fact and Fiction in Shakespeare's History Plays

We'll tease apart the real and the invented in Shakespeare's Richard III and discuss Shakespeare's particular brand of historical fiction. We'll also go over the plot and characters, as well as some famous quotes from the work.

Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare's Famous Star-Crossed Lovers

4. Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare's Famous Star-Crossed Lovers

Great tragedies resonate throughout time. In this lesson, we'll go over the role of fate in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. We'll explore the story of his star-crossed lovers and explain some of his most famous quotes.

Julius Caesar: Shakespeare's Play vs. History

5. Julius Caesar: Shakespeare's Play vs. History

In this lesson, we'll examine Shakespeare's take on the life of Julius Caesar, which spawned such famous quotes as 'Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!' and 'Et tu, Brute!' We'll also take a look at Brutus and Cassius, the conspirators who plotted Caesar's demise, as well as Mark Antony and Octavius, who remained loyal.

Othello: Racism and Shakespeare

6. Othello: Racism and Shakespeare

In this video, we'll give an overview of the plot of Shakespeare's 'Othello.' We'll discuss the motivations of his wicked ensign, Iago, and address the racial issues brought to light by Shakespeare's writing.

The Tempest: Colonialism and Magic in Shakespeare

7. The Tempest: Colonialism and Magic in Shakespeare

In Shakespeare's 'The Tempest,' a group of Italian nobility is shipwrecked on the island of Prospero, an exiled magician. In this lesson you'll learn how Prospero seeks to regain his right to the title Duke of Milan.

Shakespeare's Sonnets: Reading and Interpreting the Major Poems

8. Shakespeare's Sonnets: Reading and Interpreting the Major Poems

In this video we'll learn about Shakespeare's sonnets, which contain some of his most famous poetry. Shakespeare addresses both a Fair Youth, speculated to be a young earl and patron, and a Dark Lady, whom he describes in frank and unromantic terms. We'll discuss the meter and rhyme scheme of the typical Shakespearean sonnet, as well as the structure of the overall work.

Introduction to Christopher Marlowe: Biography and Plays

9. Introduction to Christopher Marlowe: Biography and Plays

English playwright Christopher Marlowe was a contemporary of Shakespeare with a short but potent body of work to his name. Learn all about his plays - and his fascinating character - from our video lesson!

Introduction to Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queene and Sonnets

10. Introduction to Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queene and Sonnets

Edmund Spenser is one of the key figures in the English Renaissance, and he made his name mostly by writing about dragons and knights. Pretty cool, right? Watch this video to learn about this important author and his biggest work, The Faerie Queene.

Introduction to Ben Jonson: Poems, Plays and Shakespeare

11. Introduction to Ben Jonson: Poems, Plays and Shakespeare

To a great deal of people, for a great deal of time, English playwright and poet Ben Jonson was known merely as a rival (and inferior) to William Shakespeare. But there's more to the story than that! Watch our video lesson to get the skinny on Jonson's life and work.

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