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- Who were some of the major romantic authors, and what did they write?
- How has Mary Shelley's Frankenstein been portrayed in film?
- What were some of the key plot points in the Bronte's Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights?
- How do fiction and history come together in the work of Sir Walter Scott?
- How was the life of Jane Austen reflected in her work?
- What life lessons did the characters in Pride and Prejudice learn?
1. 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.
2. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Literature vs. Film
FIRE BAD! That may be the depth of your experience with Frankenstein. But before he broke into pop culture, the character had a rich literary history. Watch our lesson to learn more!
3. Emily and Charlotte Bronte: Sisters and Authors
Long before JK Rowling dreamed up Fred and George Weasley, Charlotte and Elizabeth Bronte accomplished impressive things as siblings. Their family history is a sad one, though, and their feelings of loss are evident in their most famous novels, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.
4. Jane Eyre: Summary, Characters and Analysis
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, was first published in 1847 under Bronte's pseudonym, Currier Bell. It's about a girl named - not surprisingly - Jane Eyre, and it's a bildungsroman, a coming-of-age story that follows Jane from childhood through motherhood. Many elements of Jane's life are similar to events in Charlotte Bronte's life. Because the work features a strong-willed and intelligent woman, it's often considered to be an early feminist text.
5. Wuthering Heights: Plot Overview and Character Analysis
'Wuthering Heights' is Emily Bronte's only published novel, but if you're only going to publish one novel in your lifetime, this is a good one. Follow along as this lesson introduces you to the plot, characters and other aspects of this novel.
6. Introduction to Sir Walter Scott: Works of Historical Fiction
In his life, Sir Walter Scott was both a lawyer and a poet, though it's when he started to write historical novels - anonymously - that his work really took off. Watch this video to learn all about the man credited with creating a whole genre of fiction.
7. Jane Austen: Biography and Major Novels
When you hear the name Jane Austen, you probably think about long dresses, stuffy tea parties, and British accents - unless you don't know who she is. In that case, you really need to watch this video about the writer's life and works.
8. Pride and Prejudice: Plot and Character Analysis
In this lesson, we'll go over the quintessential romantic comedy, Pride and Prejudice. We'll take a look at all of the factors conspiring to keep Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy apart as well as read some of Jane Austen's sparkling prose.
9. She Walks in Beauty by Byron: Analysis, Theme & Interpretation
This lesson takes a close, interpretive look at 'She Walks in Beauty,' one of the better-known poems by Romantic poet Lord Byron. Specifically, the lesson examines how this poem embraces Romantic ideals.
10. Edgar Linton in Wuthering Heights: Character Analysis & Concept
Most people associate the novel 'Wuthering Heights' with the brooding character of Heathcliff. But Edgar Linton is an important figure in the novel, too. In this lesson, we will learn about his role and analyze his character. A short quiz will follow.
11. Jane Austen's Emma: Summary & Analysis
In Jane Austen's novel, 'Emma,' we're introduced to a wealthy young woman who prides herself in being a matchmaker. Although Emma has had some success, she doesn't always choose wise matches for her friends, but she unexpectedly finds the love of her life along the way.
12. Jane Austen's Lady Susan: Summary & Overview
During this lesson, we'll explore one of Jane Austen's less-studied novels, 'Lady Susan.' After examining the context of the novel, we'll discuss its characters, plot, and themes.
13. Jane Austen's Mansfield Park: Summary & Analysis
This lesson will focus on the plot summary of Jane Austen's novel 'Mansfield Park.' We will review the main plot points of the novel and discuss its major themes.
14. Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, we will discuss Jane Austen's novel, 'Northanger Abbey'. After a brief look at the context in which the novel was published, we'll examine the novel's plot, analyze some of its defining themes, and wrap up the lesson with a short quiz.
15. Jane Austen's Persuasion: Summary & Overview
Learn about Jane Austen's final novel, 'Persuasion,' which was finished just before her death in 1817. We'll examine the plot of this novel and talk about its most important literary elements.
16. Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, we will get to know the Dashwood family of Sussex, England. They live in comfort and luxury at their home, Norland, until the death of Mr. Henry Dashwood. His wife and three daughters suddenly lose almost everything. Although Elinor and Marianne, the two eldest daughters, are opposite in every way, they find love even in the midst of adversity and loss.
17. Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre: Character Analysis & Concept
In this lesson, we'll briefly discuss the novel ''Jane Eyre'' and analyze the character of Mr. Rochester. Our focus will be on his character traits and his importance to the plot and themes of Charlotte Bronte's novel.
18. Roger Chillingworth in the Scarlet Letter: Character Analysis & Overview
In this lesson, we will learn about Roger Chillingworth, one of the main characters in Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Scarlet Letter.' After a brief overview of the plot, we will analyze his character and several important themes pertaining to his character's development in this timeless classic.
19. The Count of Monte Cristo: Summary & Characters
Learn about Alexandre Dumas' famous novel ''The Count of Monte Cristo,'' a tale of betrayal, revenge and redemption. Much like the plot of most thrillers today, Dumas' brings the main character Dantes through an array of challenges that he must overcome to achieve redemption.
20. The Death of Arthur: Summary & Themes
The story of King Arthur is one of the most popular legends in medieval history. Learn more about the death of King Arthur and about important themes and symbols involved in King Arthur's legacy, and test your knowledge with a quiz.
21. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot: Summary, Analysis and Themes
Maggie sacrifices love for family loyalty in George Eliot's (a.k.a. Mary Ann Evans) semi-autobiographical novel, ''The Mill on the Floss''. In this lesson, we will review this important work of English literature.
22. Characteristics of Romanticism in American Literature
This lesson will identify and explain several characteristics of the American Romantic period. Though the writers of this era preserved some more typical Romantic themes, they also made a new, uniquely American contribution to the Romantic tradition.
23. The Blue Lagoon: Book Summary & Characters
Henry De Vere Stacpoole's ''The Blue Lagoon'' (1908) tells the tale of two children who come of age while stranded on a tropical island. Let's review a summary of the plot and characters surrounding this fascinating story.
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- The Renaissance in English Literature: Help and Review
- 17th and 18th Century English Literature: Help and Review
- Romantic Poetry in English Literature: Help and Review
- Victorian Literature: Help and Review
- Turn-of-the-Century Literature: Help and Review
- Modernism in English Literature: Help and Review
- Nonfiction in English Literature: Help and Review
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