Ch 6: Romantic British Literature

About This Chapter

This chapter will take you on a journey through Romantic British literature. You can explore classic fiction and prose from authors from this time period, analyzing and comparing the characteristics of their writing.

Romantic British Literature - Chapter Summary

While working through this chapter, you can learn how to identify elements of the Romantic style and review many classic authors from this time period. You will study the structures of writings by Mary Shelley, the Bronte sisters, Sir Walter Scott, and Jane Austen. You will also investigate the influence of their lives on their literary style. When you have completed this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Construct a list of the characteristics of Romantic prose and list major authors
  • Compare the differences of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in the novel and the film
  • Summarize the life and major works of Emily and Charlotte Bronte
  • List the major works of Sir Walter Scott
  • Describe the life and novels of Jane Austen

Professional instructors will guide you in your study of British literature through concise video lessons. You can easily review specific points in the lessons by using the Timeline feature of the video player. Transcripts of the lessons are also provided for you to review. Be sure to make use of the self-assessment quizzes, as well. They will provide helpful feedback on your progress understanding the specific ideas presented in the chapter.

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Introduction to Romantic Prose: Overview of Authors and Works

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

Romantic prose is the style of writing that was popularised during the Romantic period that took place in the 18th and 19th century in Europe. Discover some significant literary works from this period and how to identify the characteristics of Romantic writing.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Literature vs. Film

2. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Literature vs. Film

Of all the great legends, Frankenstein may be one of the greatest and most well-known. Mary Shelley wrote this story, often called 'The Modern Prometheus,' at the beginning of the 19th century, and since then, many film adaptations have been made based off it. Learn about the differences between Shelley's original literature and the films that have come from it.

Emily and Charlotte Bronte: Sisters and Authors

3. Emily and Charlotte Bronte: Sisters and Authors

Charlotte (b. 1816) and Emily (b. 1818) Bronte were two sisters that each grew up to become influential and beloved authors. Learn about their influences and inspirations, as well as explore each author's most famous novel: Jane Eyre for Charlotte, and Wuthering Heights for Emily.

Introduction to Sir Walter Scott: Works of Historical Fiction

4. Introduction to Sir Walter Scott: Works of Historical Fiction

Sir Walter Scott is regarded as the creator of the historical fiction genre. Review an introduction to some of Scott's most renowned works, including Ivanhoe, Waverly, Old Mortality and Rob Roy, and explore the distinguishing characteristics of Scott's historical fiction novels.

Jane Austen: Biography and Major Novels

5. Jane Austen: Biography and Major Novels

Jane Austen was a 19th-century writer who became recognized for her relatable and original plot in romantic comedy novels, which were fresh and new for the time. Learn more about Austen's life through her biography and follow her work to see how she created major novels, including 'Pride and Prejudice,' 'Mansfield Park,' and 'Emma,' among others.

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