NYSTCE English Language Arts: Overview of World Literature

Prepare for your NYSTCE English Language Arts Content Specialty test with our online study guide. Video lessons with quizzes can give you an interactive overview of world literature. 

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NYSTCE English Language Arts: Overview of World Literature - Chapter Summary

Get ready for this content specialty test by reviewing specific pieces of world literature, in addition to bodies of literature written in specific time periods. What do pastoral odes all have in common? What are the characteristics of the Upanishads? Answer these questions and more in this chapter of the NYSTCE English Language Arts study guide. This chapter includes the following topics:

  • Epics: Gilgamesh, Iliad, Odyssey, Argonautica and the Aeneid
  • Characteristics of the Upanishads
  • Pastoral ode characteristics
  • World literature, written in languages other than English, before the modern period
  • 17th through 19th centuries' world literature
  • Contemporary period world literature

Double-check your understanding of world literature by taking the quiz at the end of each lesson. Feel free to go back to any video lessons necessary to master the content.

NYSTCE English Language Arts: Overview of World Literature Objectives

Objectives pertaining to reading, understanding, applying and writing about world literature weave their way throughout all subareas of the test. The topics that follow are fundamental:

  • Read for information and understanding of world English and regionalisms
  • Write for literary response and expression
  • Find the significance and characteristics of the mythologies and folk literature of various cultures
  • Read for critical analysis, evaluation, literary response and personal enjoyment
  • Analyze the expression of values through the literature of multiple regions, cultures, ethnicities and periods
  • Read literature from various periods and traditions
  • Discover themes and works in American literature, leading back from present to the colonial period
  • Analyze themes and works in Irish and British literature
  • Read through the literature of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and continental Europe

You'll answer about 90 multiple-choice questions and complete a written-response assignment during the exam. This study guide can help you prepare for success on many aspects of the test.

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Witness the Epic of Gilgamesh, a story of adventure, love and friendship. This long poem will help us examine the hallmarks of civilization for a Sumerian and the importance of dreams. We'll also cover the Sumerian contributions to the epic form of literature.

This lecture traces the history of Greek epics. It then examines the central themes of 'The Iliad': Xenia, Achilles' wrath, and his quest for immortality. The plot of 'The Iliad' is summarized and attention is drawn to themes from the Sumerian tradition.

This lecture provides a rough outline of the exploits of Odysseus in Homer's epic poem ''The Odyssey''. You'll learn plot details about this epic poem, in addition to hearing about how this important tale relates to Greek culture and literary works throughout history.

This lesson offers a complete plot synopsis of 'The Argonautica' by Apollonius of Rhodes. Discover the main characters of this romantic twist of a classic Greek myth and learn the similarities between this and 'The Odyssey.'

This lesson explores Virgil's Aeneid. It consists of a brief plot synopsis. We stop along the way to look at a few important scenes and offer analysis where necessary.

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