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The Basic Principles of (Prose) Literature

Prose literature is made up of a number of elements. To begin to unravel how an author writes, why it creates meaning and how this affects a reader we must begin to understand ‘what are the principles that underly prose literature?’ — Course Content — In this course we will go through the 4 Basic Principles of Literature. This course is an information packed course with questions to help you analyse prose (novels and stories). • What is literature? What are the different types of literature? • What are the basic principles of literature and why study them? • The Basic Principles: Theme, Plot, Characterisation, Style • Definitions • How you can identify characteristics of these principles in literature • Revision tips The principles you will learn on this course can be used to write more analytical essays both for course work and in exams; comparative literature, analysis of classic literature and unseen prose extracts. The theory you will learn is meant to compliment your English Lit course and provide you with simple explanations and how to think about literary analysis. — Who is this course for? — • GCSE English Literature students • AS/A Level English Literature students • IB Literature students • Anyone who would like to gain a deeper understanding of prose literature.

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Preview of video 0_ Introduction to Basic Principles of (Prose) Literature
Lesson 1

0_ Introduction to Basic Principles of (Prose) Literature

Preview of video 1_What are the basic principles of literature and why are we looking at them?
Lesson 2

1_What are the basic principles of literature and why are we looking at them?

Preview of video 2_Principle 1: Theme
Lesson 3

2_Principle 1: Theme

Preview of video 3_Principle 2: Plot
Lesson 4

3_Principle 2: Plot

Preview of video 4_What about setting?!
Lesson 5

4_What about setting?!

Preview of video 5_Principle 3: Characterisation
Lesson 6

5_Principle 3: Characterisation

Preview of video 6_Principle 4: Style (Genre, Form & Structure)
Lesson 7

6_Principle 4: Style (Genre, Form & Structure)

Preview of video 7_Principle 4: Style (Language, Narrative Perspective & Tone)
Lesson 8

7_Principle 4: Style (Language, Narrative Perspective & Tone)

Preview of video 8_Conclusion
Lesson 9

8_Conclusion

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