Ch 16: Strategies for Reading Fiction & Drama

About This Chapter

Your search for interesting and comprehensive resources on subjects such as the history of dramatic comedy, definition of point-of-view, and other strategies for reading fiction and drama is over! Through short video lessons, text lessons, and quizzes you will be able to easily refresh your understanding of these concepts and more.

Strategies for Reading Fiction & Drama - Chapter Summary

It is not every day that you find a chapter full of video and text lessons that make subjects such as analysis of theme and character in drama, history of dramatic comedy and characteristics of literary tragedy fun. Our multiple-choice quiz questions provide a way to rapidly assess your recollection of the concepts. Additional subjects in this chapter include:

  • Kinds of fiction, including novels and short stories
  • Differences among fable, myth, legend, and folktale
  • Definition of novels and literary devices
  • Examples of flashback and symbolism in literature
  • Definition of point-of-view
  • Determining meaning through tone versus mood
  • Definition of literary structure, subplot, dramatic irony, and suspense

Remember, you can use the video tags to skip to different subjects. Read the transcripts to locate key vocabulary words. The transcripts also contain interesting information about the instructors.

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8 Lessons in Chapter 16: Strategies for Reading Fiction & Drama
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Characteristics of Oral Tradition in World Literature

1. Characteristics of Oral Tradition in World Literature

Before books and writing, cultures passed along their history and heritage through oral storytelling traditions. Many classics of world literature, from 'The Iliad' to 'The Epic of Gilgamesh,' were passed down orally before being written down.

Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

2. Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn what is meant by the term genre. In addition, the main types of literary genres will be described, with examples given for each.

Literary Elements: Definition, Types & Examples

3. Literary Elements: Definition, Types & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn the basic elements, or parts, of literary texts. We'll look at examples of each kind of literary element, and you can check your understanding with a brief quiz.

What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

4. What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

Understanding a story's theme is critical to deciphering an author's message in a particular piece of writing. In this lesson, we will examine the idea of theme and look at some examples in actual literary works.

Literary Devices: Definition & Examples

5. Literary Devices: Definition & Examples

This lesson studies some of the more common literary devices found in literature. Devices studied include allusion, diction, epigraph, euphemism, foreshadowing, imagery, metaphor/simile, personification, point-of-view and structure.

What is Symbolism in Literature? - Definition, Types & Examples

6. What is Symbolism in Literature? - Definition, Types & Examples

Symbolism is a literary element used in literature to help readers understand a literary work. Learn more about the definition of symbolism and the different types of symbolism used in literature, then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Point-of-View: Definition & Examples

7. Point-of-View: Definition & Examples

Find out what 'point of view' means and how it's used in literature. Learn about some points of view that are used less often, then test your knowledge with a brief quiz.

Tone vs. Mood: Interpreting Meaning In Prose

8. Tone vs. Mood: Interpreting Meaning In Prose

In this lesson, learn the difference between the tone and the mood of a piece of prose. Explore examples of how tone and mood are conveyed by authors through word choice and telling details.

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