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WGU LIT Periods

Lit Hist/Periods

Augustan Age Roman literature AND 18th century neoclassical
Cothurni High thick boots worn by actors in the late classical period
Deus ex machine classical period dramatic technique where a god is mechanically lowered to the stage
Dramatic poetry verse written for the stage from the classical, Renaissance, and neoclassical periods.
Epic long narrative poem popular in the Classical period
In media res Epic poems from the classical period used this technique of beginning a story in the middle.
Hero derived from the Greek epic tradition during the classical period
Irony of fate situational irony popular during the classical period
masks In Latin, personae, used in Greek classical theater, and later in the 17th and 18th centuries for the commedia dell' arte
Orchestra classical period
Oral tradition timeless
Pantomime ancient Roman, Classical
Parable Christian literature ( Classical)
Peripeteia A reversal of fortune, Greek classical period
Satyr play Greek comic play
Skene Classical Greek temporary wooden stage building where actors changed costumes.
Commedia dell'arte mid-16th century medieval form of comic drama which relies on stock characters.
Picture frame stage 16th century medieval playhouses designed to give the illusion of three-dimensional perspective.
Proscenium arch tradition from 16th century where the auditorium is seperated from the raised stage by an archtectural frame in front of the scenery.
Romance Medieval chivalric presentations in prose and verse. Modern 19th century adventurous novels.
Troubadours minstrels of the late Middle ages who sang lyric poems of chivalry and love.
Villanelle Poetry from the Middle Ages that consists of six rhymed stanzas in which two lines are repeated in a precribed pattern.
Double plot also called a subplot familiar in Elizabethan drama (Renaissance)
Dumb show Renaissance mimed dramatic performance.
Madrigal short secular song that originated in 14th century and was popular during the Renaissance.
Sonnet fixed form of 14 lines, usually about love, popular during the Renaissance
Nouvelle french term for novella, Renaissance
Tragicomedy drama that combines tragedy and comedy, Renaissance
Unities the three formal qualities recommended by Italian Renassance literary critics to unify a plot (action, time and place)
Comedy of manners a realistic form of comic drama that flourished in the 17th century (Restoration)
Restoration period 17th and 18th centuries/1660-1798
Classical period ancient Greek and Roman-1066
Medieval period 9th-15th century /1066-1485
Renassaince period (Elizabethan) 1485-1660, late 15th-17th century
Closet drama a dramatic poem or play designed to be read aloud instead of performed, Restoration
Gothic fiction a genre tha creates terror and suspence, Restoration
Box set illusion of scenic realism, Romantic & Victorian early 19th century
Burlesque a broad caricature, parody, travesty, or take off of plays, opera, or current events. 19th century
Naturalism an extreme form of realism, 19th century
Realism attempts to represent life truthfully, usually about the middle class, 19th century
Symbolist movement movement to make literature resemble music, 19th century
Arena theater non traditional performance space that favors no one portion of the audience. 20th century
Modern period 20th century-present
Concrete poetry visual poetry where the picture image is made of the words of the poem. 20th century Modern
Confessional poetry autobiograhy focused poetry, 20th century
Cultural studies field of study focusing on the social power encoded in texts. 20th century
Expressionism a dramatic style that focuses on the dreamlike subjective realm. 20th century
Flexible theater also called black box, seats and set up are moveable. 20th century
Metafiction fiction that constantly explores its own nature as literary creation, 20th century
New Formalism 20th century movement where poets went back to rhyme, meter, and narrative.
New Naturalism 20th century plays frankly depictiong the internal and external forces shaping lives.
Surrealism Modernist movement that tries to organize art according to the irrational dictates of the unconciuos mind.
Theater of the Absurd post WWII European genre depictiong the grotesquely comic plight of human beings thrown by accident into the world.
Romanticism 18th-19th century, 1798-1832
Victorian period 19th-20th century, 1832-1900
Created by: tifferdu



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