Ch 9: Types of Literary Fiction

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Watch these fun videos to review the characteristics of fiction ranging from detective stories to science fiction to crime novels. You can also take short quizzes to test your understanding of these lessons' key terms and concepts.

Types of Literary Fiction - Chapter Summary

Re-examine various types of literary fiction with lessons that run the gamut from mysteries to science fiction. Begin your review by examining the differences between novels, novellas and short stories. You'll also take another look at Gothic fiction written by authors like Edgar Allen Poe, who also happened to write what's considered to be the first detective story. Compare his work with the fiction of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes before moving on to study notable works of mystery and crime fiction. You'll also review the types of narratives commonly found in Christian fiction. Wrap up your studies with lessons that can help you contrast the characteristics of realistic fiction with those of science fiction. Topics of discussion include:

  • Novels, novellas and short stories
  • Characteristics of Gothic fiction
  • Detective, mystery and crime fiction
  • Narratives in Christian fiction
  • Realistic fiction and science fiction

Maybe you're already familiar with some of these genres, or perhaps you need to spend a little extra time getting acquainted with well-known works of crime fiction. Either way, this self-paced chapter includes video lessons with timelines that allow you to skip ahead to the topics you want to study as well as transcripts you can use to review important concepts at a glance. Short quizzes are also included to help determine when you've mastered each of these literary fiction types.

8 Lessons in Chapter 9: Types of Literary Fiction
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Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories

1. Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories

Learn how fiction is organized by length into three categories: novels, novellas and short stories. Explore the general characteristics of each type, and learn about some famous examples.

Gothic Fiction: Definition, Characteristics & Authors

2. Gothic Fiction: Definition, Characteristics & Authors

In this lesson we will learn about 'Gothic fiction'. We discuss its characteristics and some of the authors involved in the genre. Afterwards, you will be asked to take a short quiz to test your comprehension.

Detective Fiction: Definition, History & Authors

3. Detective Fiction: Definition, History & Authors

In this lesson, we will define detective fiction and its characteristics, examine the history of this genre, and look at some of the major authors. We will also discuss how the genre, though still popular, has changed today.

Christian Fiction: Definition, Authors & Books

4. Christian Fiction: Definition, Authors & Books

Since the time of Jesus' parables, Christians have enjoyed a rich story-telling tradition. Learn more about it in the present day with this lesson on Christian fiction, where you'll also meet some of the genre's prominent writers and their work!

Mystery Fiction: Definition, Books & Authors

5. Mystery Fiction: Definition, Books & Authors

First appearing over 200 years ago, mystery fiction has since become one of the most psychologically popular of the literary genres. Read about what makes the genre, as well as writers who have helped it become what it is today.

Crime Fiction: Definition, Books & Authors

6. Crime Fiction: Definition, Books & Authors

Crime fiction is one of the fastest growing genres in literature. Read about what makes it so exciting, along with some of the more significant writers and their novels.

What is Realistic Fiction? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

7. What is Realistic Fiction? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

Short stories and novels that make you feel like you are getting to know real people dealing with believable situations can be considered realistic fiction. Watch this lesson to learn about realistic fiction and then test your knowledge with a brief quiz.

What is Science Fiction? - Definition, Characteristics, Books & Authors

8. What is Science Fiction? - Definition, Characteristics, Books & Authors

'20,000 Leagues under the Sea,' 'Frankenstein,' 'Star Trek' -- it's all science fiction, but what does that mean? Find out in this lesson where you'll learn more about the genre and its characteristics, as well as encounter some authors and their works that have made science fiction what it is today.

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