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English Literature

English Literature

Start Date:
Self-Paced
Effort:
4 weeks / 6 hours per week
Price:
Free
  1. Course Number

    EnglishLiterature
  2. Classes Start

    Self-Paced
  3. Effort

    4 weeks / 6 hours per week

About This Course

It reviews all of the substantive material that is usually taught in a British literature course at the college level. Our goal as creators of this course is to prepare you to pass the College Board's CLEP examination and obtain college credit for free.

Through the guidance of Professor Erika Figel, this course will cover authors, works, periods, common literary terms and basic literary forms.

“English Literature” is a completely self-paced course. It has no prerequisites and it is offered entirely for free.

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FAQs

How is this course organized?

This course is organized into nine major modules that contain short video lessons, exercises and reading.

All of the course material has been released at once so you can complete it anytime.

What do I need to pass the CLEP exam?

You need to have read widely and developed an appreciation of English literature, demonstrating an understanding of mayor writers and being knowledgeable on literary periods and common literary terms, themes, and forms.

The exam contains approximately 95 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. Please examine our syllabus.

How does this course differ from other CLEP textbooks and traditional courses?

This online course includes a carefully structured series of video lectures and exercises taught by a top quality university professor.

Outline

Introduction

Fundamentals   

Navigating Through Our Platform

CLEP Program   

Modern States Education Alliance   

Introduce Yourself

1. Literature Terminology

1.0 Introduction to Literature Terminology   

1.1 Plot   

1.2 Setting   

1.3 Characters   

1.4 Point of View   

1.5 Symbol and Figurative Language   

1.6 Theme   

1.7 Mood   

1.8 Tone   

1.9 Readings

2. Poetry Terminology

2.0 Introduction to Poetry Terminology   

2.1 Meter   

2.2 Rhyme   

2.3 Stanza   

2.4 Epic   

2.5 Haiku   

2.6 Sonnet   

2.7 Terza Rima   

2.8 Villanelle   

2.9 Rhyme Royal   

2.10 Sestina   

2.11 Blank Verse   

2.12 Free Verse   

2.13 Additional Poetic Terms   

2.14 Readings

3. Other Important Terms

3.0 Introduction to Other Important Terms   

3.1 Allegory   

3.2 Alliteration   

3.3 Allusion   

3.4 Antithesis   

3.5 Hyperbole   

3.6 Imagery   

3.7 Irony   

3.8 Metaphor/Simile   

3.9 Onomatopoeia   

3.10 Style   

3.11 Symbolism   

3.12 Personification   

3.13 Other Important Literary Terms   

3.14 Readings

4. Literary Periods

4.0 Introduction to Literary Periods   

4.1 Mythology-Prometheus   

4.2 Medieval Period   

4.3 King Arthur   

4.4 Death Be Not Proud by John Donne   

4.5 Piers Plowman by William Langland   

4.6 Renaissance Period   

4.7 Hamlet by William Shakespeare   

4.8 Macbeth by William Shakespeare   

4.9 Othello by William Shakespeare   

4.10 Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare   

4.11 The Faerie Queene   

4.12 Age of Enlightenment   

4.13 Romantic Period   

4.14 Pre-Raphaelites   

4.15 Picaresque   

4.16 Realism   

4.17 Naturalism   

4.18 Modernism   

4.19 Post Modernism   

4.20 Richard Cory   

4.21 Essayists   

4.22 Women Writers   

4.23 Readings

5. Literary Criticism

5.0 Introduction to Literary Criticism   

5.1 Psychoanalytic Theory   

5.2 Formalist Theory   

5.3 New Criticism Theory   

5.4 Reader Response Theory   

5.5 Structuralist Theory   

5.6 Feminist Theory   

5.7 Marxist Theory   

5.8 Deconstructive Theory   

5.9 Platonic Theory   

5.10 Readings

6. Everyman

6.1 Everyman   

6.2 Readings

7. Non-fiction

7.1 Non-fiction   

7.2 Readings

8. Reading List

8.0 Introduction to Reading List   

8.1 Works from Undated to 1678   

8.2 Works from 1712 to 1749   

8.3 Works from 1760s to 1871   

8.4 Works from 1879 to 1915   

8.5 Works from 1916 to 1956   

8.6 Works from 1958 to 1973   

8.7 Authors from Margaret Atwood to Robert Herrick   

8.8 Authors from Samuel Johnson to Percy Bysshe Shelley   

8.9 Authors from Tobias Smollett to W.B. Yeats   

8.10 Readings

9. Writing the Essay

9.0 Introduction to Writing the Essay   

9.1 Analyzing a Poem   

9.2 Writing a Persuasive Analysis of a Poem   

9.3 Planning the Second Essay   

9.4 Writing the Second Essay   

Sample CLEP Questions

Questions 1 - 15

Questions 16 - 30

Questions 31 - 45

Questions 46 - 60

Questions 61 - 75

Questions 76 - 90

Final Steps

Prof. Erika Figel's Recommendation   

Register for the CLEP Exam   

Test Preparation Tips   

How Your Score Is Computed

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  1. Course Number

    EnglishLiterature
  2. Classes Start

    Self-Paced
  3. Effort

    4 weeks / 6 hours per week
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