English Literature

Timeline created by cecilia1979
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    Anglo-Saxon or Old Period

    Anglo-Saxon or Old Period
    Starts around early middle ages and goes through the high and late middle ages, around this period of time the Anglo-Saxon literature or Old English literature turns into written literature, before this era, the Old Engliish literature was mostly oral.
  • Jan 1, 1300

    Middle English

    Middle English
    The term Middle English refers to the literature written in the form of English Language known as middle English from the 14th century (1.300´s) until 1470. Between the 1470´s and the middle of the following century there was a transition to Early Modern English. There were 3 main categories of Middle English literature: religious, courtly love and Arthurian topics, one famous author from that period is: Geoffrey Chaucer.
  • Jan 1, 1520

    English Renaissance

    English Renaissance
    England had a strong tradition of literature in tne English vernacular (informal) this increased as printing press became common. An important author from this period is: Edmund Spenser who wrote: The faerie Queen.
  • Jan 1, 1558

    Elizabethan Period

    Elizabethan Period
    Is the group of works written during the reign of Elizabeth of England a.k.s as Elizabeth the virgin (1558-1603), this was an splendid age for the English Literature, authors such as: William Shakespeare flourished under the sponsoring of the Queen.
  • Jacobean Period

    Jacobean Period
    This period refers to an era in which English and Scottish history collides with the rieng of King James VI of Scotland who also inherited the crown of England in 1603 as James I. This king was the succesor to Queen Elizabeth. Jacobean literature was often dark in mood, questioning the stability of the social order. Durind this period William Shakespeare wrote his gratest tragedies.
  • Restoration period of English Literature

    Restoration period of English Literature
    This period goes from 1660 to 1690 AD. It begins with Charles II returning to the throne folowing the rule of various republican governments that ruled England. In literature there is an attempt to come to terms with the political events that had occured in previous decades. Satirical and risqué literature was famous during this period.
  • Romantic movement in English literature

    Romantic movement in English literature
    Goes through the early 19th century and has its roots in 18th century poetry, the Gothic novel and the novel of sensibility. One author of this era is William Blake and among his books we can name: songs of innocence, Milton: a poem in two books and the everlasting gospel.
  • The Victorian period

    The Victorian period
    Victorian literature is the literature produced during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901) or during the Victorian era. It forms a link and goes trough between the writers of the romantic period and the very different literature of the 20th century. One representative writer from this era is: Charlotte Bronte who wrote the book: Jane Eyre.
  • Modernist Literature

    Modernist Literature
    Has its origins in the early 20th century. For many, the 20th century opened with great hope but also with some apprehension. This type of literature showed a very self-conscious break with traditional ways of writing. Some authors of this era are: H.G. Wells who wrote the book. The war of the worlds.
  • Post modern literature

    Post modern literature
    Postmodern literature is characterized by the use of narrative techniques such as fragmentation, paradox, and the unreliable narrator and is often defined as a style or a trend wich emerged in the post-World war II era. An author from this period is Truman Capote who wrote: In cold blood.