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Strategies for Reading Literary Nonfiction - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, our knowledgeable instructors analyze the structure of nonfiction novels and how the use of writing tools, such as literary and rhetorical devices, impact how the piece is interpreted. These lessons will also help you analyze how central themes are developed and incorporated within nonfiction writing. Other topics explored include:
- Nonfiction as a literary genre with examples of nonfiction novels
- Definitions and differences of understatement and litotes
- Use and examples of anecdotes in nonfiction literature
After processing the information in each lesson, assess your comprehension by taking the brief multiple-choice lesson quizzes and the comprehensive chapter exam. Each assessment includes direct links to key concepts within the lesson so you can easily find the topics you want to review. These lessons are mobile-friendly and can be completed at your own pace. Track your progress through the course using the Dashboard feature. Our friendly instructors are also readily available to answer any questions that may come up.
1. Non-Fiction as Literary Form: Definition and Examples
Although non-fiction might seem fairly straightforward, there are quite a few different genres within non-fiction that are easy to confuse. With this in mind, we'll consider the similarities and differences between biographies, autobiographies and memoirs, essays, and journalism.
2. Nonfiction Novel: Definition & Examples
Discover the genre that captures the drama of the novel, only with true life facts. This lesson describes the nonfiction literary genre, as well as genre techniques and famous examples.
3. How Literary Devices Impact Works of Nonfiction
In this lesson, you will receive an overview of commonly used literary devices that aid the writers of nonfiction texts. By including techniques, literary nonfiction writing can come alive in the same way fictional literature does.
4. How Central Themes in Literary Nonfiction are Developed
In this lesson we'll explore the concept of literary nonfiction. We'll also determine how central themes are developed by learning to examine a text's supporting information. Read on to learn more.
5. Understatement & Litotes: Differences, Definitions & Examples
In this lesson, explore the use of understatement as a way to draw attention to a specific quality or to add humor. Learn about litotes, a specific form of understatement, and discover examples from literature.
6. Anecdote in Literature: Definition & Examples
All of us have little stories of funny or sobering personal experiences and have probably heard those of several others. In this lesson, you'll learn what makes these stories 'anecdotes,' as well as encounter a few examples of these brief narratives in literature!
7. Evaluating Rhetorical Devices in Writing
In this lesson, we will study a variety of rhetorical devices that commonly appear in written texts. We will look at rhetoric on the level of sounds, words, sentences, and figures of speech.
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