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Ch 8: Victorian Era British Literature

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In this chapter, you'll explore the works fiction and poetry produced during the Victorian Era. You'll analyze the writing styles and themes of these timeless authors through fun video lessons.

Victorian Era British Literature - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will be introduced to influential British writers from the Victorian Age. The lessons examine their works and writing styles, as well as their personal lives. Using the video lessons and quizzes, you will be able to review the major themes and elements of Victorian Era literature through the lens of Dickens, Eliot, Browning, Tennyson, and Hopkins. When you have completed this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Interpret style and themes in Victorian literature and poetry
  • Assess the influence of Charles Dickens
  • Discuss the lives of Alfred Lord Tennyson, George Eliot, and Robert Browning
  • Analyze the poetic style of Gerard Manley Hopkins

The short, engaging video lessons are taught by professional instructors. You can jump straight to specific points in the videos using the Timeline feature. Transcripts are available with each video for a text-based study option. Each lesson is accompanied by a self-assessment quiz to enhance your learning.

6 Lessons in Chapter 8: Victorian Era British Literature
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Introduction to Victorian Literature: Overview of Themes, Style, and Authors

1. Introduction to Victorian Literature: Overview of Themes, Style, and Authors

Victorian literature is literature written in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, or roughly from 1837 -1901. It is largely characterized by the struggle of working people and the triumph of right over wrong.

Introduction to Charles Dickens: Works, Style, and Influence

2. Introduction to Charles Dickens: Works, Style, and Influence

Ebenezer Scrooge. Oliver Twist. Miss Havisham. David Copperfield. These are among literature's most fascinating figures, and they were all created by the same author. Watch this lesson to learn more about one of the English language's greatest authors, Charles Dickens.

Introduction to George Eliot: Life and Major Works

3. Introduction to George Eliot: Life and Major Works

Mary Ann Evans, aka George Eliot, is one of the premiere writers of Victorian England. Watch this video lesson to see how she combined her interests in realism and rural life into an epic output of novels.

Introduction to Robert Browning: Life and Poems

4. Introduction to Robert Browning: Life and Poems

Robert Browning was a Victorian poet who liked to write creepy monologues about killers, monarchs and more killers. Learn all about him in our video lesson!

Introduction to Alfred Lord Tennyson: Life and Major Poetic Works

5. Introduction to Alfred Lord Tennyson: Life and Major Poetic Works

He's a Poet Laureate, a master wordsmith and the originator of quotes you probably think came from Shakespeare. Check out our lesson on Alfred, Lord Tennyson, possibly the most important English poet of the Victorian era!

Introduction to Gerard Manley Hopkins: Devout Catholicism and Sprung Rhythm

6. Introduction to Gerard Manley Hopkins: Devout Catholicism and Sprung Rhythm

In this video, we'll introduce the 19th-century British poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. Hopkins is famous for inventing a new type of meter for poetry: sprung rhythm. We'll examine his poems and analyze how sprung rhythm works. Additionally, we'll examine the influence of Catholicism on Hopkins' poetry.

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