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Literary Timeline

Dates and Descritions

TermDefinition
The Classical Period 1200 BCE - 455 CE. Oral tradition: The Iliad and The Odyssey. Greece's Golden Age and Rome's Imperial Period.
The Medieval Period 455 CE - 1485 CE. the "Dark Ages" , Old and Middle English periods.
Old English (Anglo-Saxon) Period 428 - 1100 c. 700 - Beowulf (no author) c. 1307-1321 - Dante's Divina Commedia
The Middle English Period 1350 - 1500 c. 1387. Chaucer, "Prologue" to Canterbury Tales (1492 Columbus lands in America)
The Renaissance (in England, Colonial America) 1500 - 1660 CE. marked by the Elizabethan period, Shakespeare, and the rebirth of classical learning. -Settlement of Jamestown, Virginia 1532- Machiavelli 1539- English Bible "great bible" 1564-1616 - Life of William Shakespeare 1601- Hamlet
Neoclassical/Enlightenment Period (The Long 18th Century) 1660 - 1798. reverence for logic and disdain for superstition. House of restoration Period, The Augustan Age, The Age of Johnson, and the Colonial period in America
Neoclassical/Enlightenment Important Works 1667- John Milton, Paradise Lost 1726- Johnathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels- SATIRE 1755- Ben Johnson Dictionary 1783-85- Noah Webster, Grammatical Institute of the English Language LITERACY EMERGING
Romantic Period 1798-1832. writing about nature, imagination, and individuality dominated. 1811- Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility (light) 1817- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (dark) 1830- Edgar Allan Poe, POEms (dark) reaching for an ideal
Early Victorian Age 1832-1870. Sentimental novel, intellectual movements, Naturalist writers, and Aestheticism, and "The Decadence" 1847- Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights; Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre (Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet B. Stowe) 1855- Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
The Realistic Period (American Literature) 1865-1914. Reaction to victorian and romantic periods. uses reality and logic. right after civil war. REAL 1867- Karl Marx, Das Kapital (communist) 1876- Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer 1884- Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn
Natural and Symbolic Period (America Only) 1900- theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie
Edwardian Period (England) 1901-1910. Reflect on social conditions. poor vs wealthy. attacked social injustice 1903- Jack London, Call of the Wild 1913- Willa Cather, O Pioneers! Nature vs man Bernard Shaw
First World War 1914-1918. 1917-TS Eliot, "The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock"-epic poem Earnest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises. 1st account of the war via reporter, not solider
The Second World War 1939-1945. 1946- George Orwell, Animal Farm 1958- Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart *gives insight on African and British cultures mixed*
Postmodernistic Period 1956-Today. experimental, metafiction, fragmented poetry; magical realist 1966- Sylvia Plath, Ariel 1969- Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. *gives insight on housewives and the sadness of being a "lady"* 1989- Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club.
Created by: 15caswit