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Literary History

Tyra Steele

TermDefinition
Old English 428-110- oral tradition, narrative poems, religious themes
Middle English 1350-1500- tales of knights and lords, religious themes
English Renaissance 1550-1660- lyric poetry, drama, social commentary
Colonial Period(America) 1650-1750- religious, historical writing, letters, personal narratives
Neoclassical Period 1660-1798- a return to the ideals of ancient Rome and Greece; fixed form poetry, plays, drations
Romantic Period 1798-1832- nature writing and freedom of imagination
(Early Victorian Age(English and American Literature)- American Renaissance 1840-1860- gothic horror, idealism, and spiritual uplift
Realistic Period 1865-1914- social stories without the presence of the author
Modernism 1900-1950- experimental, unique voices, youth culture, and progress
Postmodernism 1965-?- anti-heroes, media culture, humorous irony, social conflict
Beowulf Old English
Chaucer Middle English
Shakespeare Renaissance, English
Cervantes Renaissance, Spanish
*King James Translation of the Bible Renaissance, English
*English Bible Renaissance, English
John Milton Neoclassical, English
Daniel Defoe Neoclassical, English
Jonathan Swift Neoclassical, English
Samuel Richardson Neoclassical, English
*Gray Neoclassical, English
Ben Johnson NC, English
Lawrence Stern NC, English
Ben Franklin Revolutionary, American
Noah Webster Revolutionary, American
Ralph Waldo Emerson American Renaissance, American
Charles Dickens American Renaissance, English
Nathaniel Hawthorne American Renaissance, American
Robert Browning American Renaissance, English
Lord Tennyson American Renaissance, English
Edgar Allen Poe AR, American
Emily & Charlotte Bronte AR, English
Thackeray AR, Enlgish
Elizabeth Barrett Browning AR, English
Herman Melville AR, American
Harriet Beecher Stowe AR, American
Henry David Thoreau AR, American
Charles Darwin AR, English
George Eliot AR, English
Mary Shelley Romantic, English
William Wordsworth & Samuel Taylor Coleridge Romantic, English
Jane Austen Romantic, English
Lord Byron Romantic, English
Sir Walter Scott Romantic, English
Walt Whitman Realism, American
Karl Marx Realistic, German
Mark Twain Realistic, American
Henry James Realistic, American
Henrik Ibsen Realistic, Norwegian
Louisa May Alcott Edwardian, American
Thomas Hardy Edwardian, English
Robert Louis Stevenson Edwardian, English
George Bernard Shaw Realistic, Irish
Oscar Wilde Realistic, Irish
Stephen Crane Realistic, American
Theodore Dreiser Naturalistic & Symbolistic, American
Jack London Naturalistic & Symbolistic, American
Joseph Conrad Modernism, English
Edith Wharton Modernism, American
John Millington Synge Modernism, Irish
D.H. Lawrence Modernism, English
Willa Cather Modernism, American
T.S. Eliot Modernism, American
Aldous Huxley Modernism, English
James Joyce Modernism, Irish
E.M Forster Modernism, English
Virginia Woolf Modernism, English
T.E Lawrence Modernism, English
Earnest Hemingway Modernism, American
William Faulkner Modernism, American
W.B. Yeats Modernism, Irish
John Steinbeck Modernism, American
Richard Wright Modernism, American
George Orwell Modernism, English
Arthur Miller Modernism, American
J.D. Salinger Modernism, American
Samuel Beckett Modernism, Irish
Vladimir Nabokov Modernism, Russian
Jack Kerouac Modernism, American
Chinua Achebe Modernism, Nigerian
Iris Murdock Modernism, English
Theodore Roethke Modernism, American
Sylvia Plath Postmodernism, American
Maya Angelou Postmodernism, American
Alice Walker Postmodernism American
Raymond Carver Postmodernism, American
Toni Morrison Postmodernism, American
Amy Tan Postmodernism, Chinese American
Thoman Pynchon Postmodernism, American
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