Teaching Literature

Comedy

A Beginner’s Guide to Comedy and Tragedy

Introduction to Drama: Comedy and Tragedy What’s Drama Drama is a form of literature acted out by performers. Performers work with the playwright, director, set and lighting designers to stage a show. Live actors act as someone else called a character. A play consists of: dialogue – where characters talk with each other action – what characters do in the play gesture – what the character shows through motion(s) and expression(s) …

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Postmodernism

Literary Movements: The Beginner’s Guide to Postmodernism

Postmodernism Postmodernism in literature is a form of literature which is marked, both stylistically and ideologically, by a reliance on such literary conventions as fragmentation, paradox, unreliable narrators, often unrealistic and downright impossible plots, games, parody, paranoia, dark humor and authorial self-reference. Postmodern authors tend to reject outright meanings in their novels, stories and poems, and, instead, highlight and …

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Literary Movements: The Beginner’s Guide to the Beat Generation

Definition The Beat Generation is a literary movement started by a group of authors whose work explored and influenced American culture and politics in the post-World War II era. The bulk of their work was published and popularized throughout the 1950s. Central elements of the Beat Generation culture are: Rejection of standard narrative values Spiritual quest Exploration …

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Literary Movements: The Beginner’s Guide to Naturalism

Naturalism is a literary movement that emphasizes observation and the scientific method in the fictional portrayal of reality. Novelists writing in the naturalist mode include Émile Zola (its founder), Guy de Maupassant, Thomas Hardy, Theodore Dreiser, Stephen Crane, and Frank Norris. Characteristics of Naturalism Naturalism began as a branch of literary realism. Naturalistic writers were criticized for being pessimistic and for concentrating excessively on the darker aspects of life. A characteristic of …

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