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WGU Lit. History

WGU Literature History terms

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A period of British literature beginning in 1700 and ending in 1745. Augustan Age
Writers in this period linked themselves with writers in the age of the Roman Emperor Augustus. Augustan Age
These writers imitated the literary forms of Horace, Virgil, and Ovid and drew upon the perceived order, decorum, moderation, civility, and wit of these writers. Augustan Age
Messages or testimony transmitted orally from one generation to another. Oral Tradition
The messages or testimony are verbally transmitted in speech or song and may take the form, for example, of folktales, sayings, ballads, songs, or chants. Oral Tradition
Dumb show Pantomime
A performance using gestures and body movements without words. Pantomime
Greek for "sudden change" Peripeteia (Also spelled peripetea)
The sudden reversal of fortune in a story, play, or any narrative in which there is an observable change in direction. Peripeteia
In tragedy, this is often a change from stability and happiness toward the destruction or downfall of the protagonist. Peripeteia
the turn of fortune at the climax of the plot, usually in the third act, in Gustav Freytag’s structural model of a play. Peripeteia (Also known as peripety)
“Comedy of the professional actors” Commedia dell'arte
This is a form of comedy which emerged in Italy in the mid-sixteenth century that usually involved love intrigues, stock characters, and a mostly improvised dialogue surrounding a scenario. Commedia dell'arte
This influenced European dramatists, particularly Elizabethan writers. Commedia dell'arte
These mimed scenes before a play or before each act in a play summarized or foreshadowed the coming events of the plot. Dumb Show
These shows were common in early Renaissance drama, but Greenblatt notes that they already seemed old-fashioned in Shakespeare's time. Still, writers employed them up until the 1640s (Greenblatt 1139). Dumb Show
These are rules for drama derived from a passage in Aristotle's Poetics. Classical Unities
A play should have one main action that it follows, with no or few subplots. Unity of action
A play should cover a single physical space and should not attempt to compress geography, nor should the stage represent more than one place. Unity of place
The action in a play should take place over no more than 24 hours. Unity of time
What are the Classical unities or three unities? Unity of action, Unity of place, & Unity of time
A form of high comedy, usually about love, that relies on intellectual rather than physical comedy and is meant to appeal to a "cultivated" audience. Comedy of Manners
This is often associated with Restoration drama, and the setting is frequently aristocratic or high society. Comedy of Manners
This is still a vibrant form and can be traced back to Horace Walpole's Castle of Otranto (1764). Gothic Novel
This refers to a kind of literature that creates a sense of terror and suspense. Gothic
This can be characterized by its use of claustrophobic and confining spaces, macabre and medieval-based settings, and gloomy moods. Gothic
Another feature is its recurring use of dark, threatening, violent forces which often trap virtuous young heroines. Gothic
A period of literature (in Germany, c.1600–1720) marked by an acute sense of polarity and inner tension - illustrated by the joys and pains of earthly existence vs. transcendental yearning. Baroque Literature
This is both a period and the style that dominated it. Baroque
This style used exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted detail to produce drama, tension, exuberance, and grandeur in sculpture, painting, literature, and music. Baroque
An elaborate, extravagantly complex, sometimes grotesque, style of artistic expression prevalent in the late sixteenth to early eighteenth centuries. Baroque
This influence on poetry was expressed by Euphuism in England, Marinism in Italy, and Gongorism in Spain. Baroque
Extravagant, complex, or bizarre, especially in ornamentation. Baroque
Use of metaphor and allegory, widely found in... Baroque literature
In 1925, Franz Roh first applied the term ... Magical Realism
These postmodern writers mingle & juxtapose realistic events with fantastic ones, or they experiment with shifts in time & setting, "labyrinthine narratives and plots" & often they combine myths & fairy stories with gritty Hemingway-esque detail. Magical Realism
This mixture creates truly dreamlike and bizarre effects in their prose. Magical Realism
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