Ch 6: Romantic Prose in English Literature

About This Chapter

The lessons on Romantic prose in English literature cover authors that include Jane Austen, Sir Walter Scott, Mary Shelley and the Bronte sisters. Plus, each lesson is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz you can use to check your understanding of these authors' works.

What is Romantic prose? Who were the writers of this type of English literature? You will learn about various authors and types of prose that fits into this category during these lessons. From Robin Hood to Jane Eyre, you will discover more about the authors who wrote these novels and dive into the main points behind each story and its characters. Discover the focus on emotions, good and bad, that were constant themes in works of this time.

Jane Austen published six major novels and was often seen as an outsider among other writers of her period due to her conservative views. As you watch the lessons, you'll study her characters and plots in-depth to gain a deeper understanding of who she was and her beliefs. You'll become familiar with her novels, including Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park and Persuasion.

Are you a fan of the work of Charlotte and Emily Bronte? The Bronte sisters were quintessential Romantic writers whose work tugged at the heart strings and stirred the deepest of feelings in readers. Discover the unique characteristics of their writing styles aside from the passionate and the rebellious nature both sisters shared. You'll study pieces written by each of the Bronte sisters and learn to differentiate between the two authors. A focus will be put on Wuthering Heights and you'll learn more about the novel and its characters. Discover how this novel allows you to see the difference between the works of Emily and Charlotte.

Many great novels from the Romantic period have been made into movies. Does film really do justice to the written piece? Pick apart the differences in the book and the film based on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Discover the many misconceptions that are developed due to the film and become more familiar with the actual written work of Shelley.

The Romantic period of English literature was a very tumultuous time with authors challenging social rules and turning to emotions to draw in readers. Enjoy learning more about those involved in this period through these video lessons.

9 Lessons in Chapter 6: Romantic Prose in English Literature
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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 exists in novels, short stories and essays written during the Romantic period, specifically in England. The Romantic period lasted from about 1800 to 1840.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Literature vs. Film

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!

Emily and Charlotte Bronte: Sisters and Authors

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.

Jane Eyre: Summary, Characters and Analysis

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.

Wuthering Heights: Plot Overview and Character Analysis

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.

Introduction to Sir Walter Scott: Works of Historical Fiction

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.

Jane Austen: Biography and Major Novels

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.

Pride and Prejudice: Plot and Character Analysis

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.

Required Assignments Reminder

9. Required Assignments Reminder

Sorry for the interruption to your course progress! We wanted to make sure you knew this course has a written assignment requirement in order to be completed. Read on to learn where to find these assignments and how to submit them.

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