Ch 8: The Naturalism Movement in Literature

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Get a better understanding of the naturalism movement in literature with this chapter covering books by Jack London, Stephen Crane, and Theodore Dreiser. These brief lessons and quizzes can help you prepare for an exam and reduce your study time.

The Naturalism Movement in Literature - Chapter Summary

In these concise lessons on the naturalism movement in literature, experienced instructors help to expand your knowledge of different authors and writings. For instance, they'll dive into books by Stephen Crane and themes found in To Build a Fire. This interactive chapter also looks at characters in The Call of the Wild. After reviewing the lessons, you should be ready to:

  • Recall characteristics of naturalism in literature
  • List major novels written by Edith Wharton
  • Discuss short stories written by Jack London
  • Summarize Stephen Crane's The Open Boat
  • Describe the setting in The Call of the Wild
  • Outline the theme of The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky
  • Recall short stories by Theodore Dreiser
  • Provide an overview of Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

These lessons can assist you with gaining a more thorough understanding of the naturalism movement in literature. You can even reach out to experts by submitting questions through the Help feature if you get stuck on a topic. Self-assessment quizzes test your knowledge of what you've learned. Want to study offline? You can print the quizzes and use them as study worksheets.

10 Lessons in Chapter 8: The Naturalism Movement in Literature
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Naturalism in Literature: Authors and Characteristics

1. Naturalism in Literature: Authors and Characteristics

Nature is indifferent; humans are just animals. So it goes in naturalism. In this lesson, we'll explore this literary movement. Authors discussed include Stephen Crane, Jack London and Theodore Dreiser.

Edith Wharton: Biography and Major Novels

2. Edith Wharton: Biography and Major Novels

Who was Edith Wharton? Only the author of over 40 books and the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. In this lesson, we'll explore her life and major novels.

Jack London: Biography, Books & Short Stories

3. Jack London: Biography, Books & Short Stories

From the frozen tundra to glistening beaches, the stories of Jack London can take you just about anywhere you'd want to go. Learn more about this adventurous author and his work in this lesson.

The Call of the Wild: Summary, Setting & Characters

4. The Call of the Wild: Summary, Setting & Characters

''The Call of the Wild'' is the story of survival and change in nature's harshest conditions, told through the story of a sled dog. Read a synopsis of this well-known story, and meet some of Jack London's vivid characters.

To Build a Fire: Summary & Themes

5. To Build a Fire: Summary & Themes

This lesson investigates Jack London's 'To Build a Fire.' Find out what happens when man confronts the unforgiving elements of Alaska's Yukon trail, and learn about the themes of this unforgettable story.

Stephen Crane: Biography, Poems & Books

6. Stephen Crane: Biography, Poems & Books

Stephen Crane was a 19th century American writer, and is considered to be one of the instigators of Naturalism in literature. In this lesson, read about the man who broke boundaries with his novels and poetry.

The Open Boat by Stephen Crane Summary

7. The Open Boat by Stephen Crane Summary

''The Open Boat'' tells a brooding tale about their struggle to survive. This lesson will provide a section-by-section summary of Stephen Crane's classic short story about four men lost at sea.

The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky: Theme & Analysis

8. The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky: Theme & Analysis

In this lesson, we will examine the themes of change and revenge from Stephen Crane's short story ''The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky''. This is the story of Jack Potter's marriage and its effect on Yellow Sky, the Texas town of which he is the sheriff.

Theodore Dreiser: Biography, Books & Short Stories

9. Theodore Dreiser: Biography, Books & Short Stories

This lesson discusses the author Theodore Dreiser, his books and short stories, and his impact on American writing in the 20th century. Read on, and then test your new knowledge with a brief quiz.

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser: Summary, Themes & Analysis

10. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser: Summary, Themes & Analysis

This lesson discusses Theodore Dreiser's classic American naturalist novel, Sister Carrie, as well as the concept of conspicuous consumption. Get a summary and analysis of the novel, then test your knowledge with the quiz.

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