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  • -701 BCE


    It is the oldest survivor epic story that tells us the story of Beowulf how pays an hounor´s debt of a neighbor by helping him to rid of a wretched and brutally enemy.
  • -673 BCE

    Saint Bede, the venerable

    Saint Bede,  the venerable
    Sait Bede is well known by his "ecclesiastical story of the English people" and also by their chronology of the conversion to Christianity Anglo-Saxon tribes. His reputation was based on their scriptural commentaries.

  • 1387

    The Canterbury Tales

    The Canterbury Tales
    Those are five tales of love, infidelity, intrigue and death. the tales give us the smell and the characteristics of medieval life.
  • 1460

    Wars of the Roses

    Wars of the Roses
    The wars between the descendant of Tudor's house: the red rose, house of Lancaster and the white rose, house of York.
  • Hamlet

    One of the best well play by William Shakespeare. The story tells the story of Hamlet to avenge his father death propelled by their ghost, he decided to find evidence and verification of the ghostly vision.
  • Paradise Lost

    Paradise Lost
    The theme of Paradise Lost is the story of Lucifer´s rejection and the subsequent expulsion to the earth when he seeks for the man´s ruin.
  • Secret Love, or the Maiden Queen

    Secret Love, or the Maiden Queen
    This is a remarkable tragicomedy that appeals directly to King Charles the II. This play is a mixture of verse an prose that Dryden drow from a remarkable play of the time: comedy L’Étourdi from Moliere Le Grand Cyrus (for the main plot) and Ibrahim, ou l'Illustre Bassa (for the subplot). https://www.britannica.com/topic/Secret-Love-or-the-Maiden-Queen
  • Gulliver´s Traverls

    Gulliver´s Traverls
    This is a four-part satirical work of the life of Lamuel Gulliver, how travels to a remote part of the world and describes his adventures that are plenty of reflections about the main attitudes of their time
  • Poetical Sketches

    Poetical Sketches
    This book is a collection of the artist William Bake, in their time the book didn't have the current importance that it has, but is well known the influence that the author represents among other writers because of the symmetry of his poems, the symbolic language that uses and the emerge of a transitional form into poetry.
    https://www.biography.com/writer/william-b lake
  • Jane Eyre: an authobiography

    Jane Eyre: an authobiography
    This is a truthfulness novel of the social condition of the women on the victorian era how describes her struggles and desires in this society

  • The war of the world

    The war of the world
    The novel narrates the invasion of the Earth by aliens from Mars. Is interesting to notice that in this novel, none of the main characters are named, instead, they are named by they social strata or the occupations that they represent, (according to well´s idea of focusing on social issues). The novel narrates the events after the aliens invasion.
  • Ulysses

    This novel was written by James Joyce and is a modern reconstruction on the Homer´ Oddysey. This novel seems like the most revolutionary efforts to create a modern hereo.
  • Waiting for Godot

    Waiting for Godot
    This play was written by Samuel Becket originally in French but he himself translated the play into English. the main ideas on Becket´s work were focused on human suffering. This play is part of the theater of the absurd.
  • White-teeth

    ¨White teeth¨ is a Zadie Smith novel and within its Histerical Realism is an examination of the contemporary London told from a very wide range of points of view focused on the parents and children of a culturally diverse London society.
  • Period:
    -449 BCE

    Old English Literature

    Old English literature or Anglo-Saxon literature from England from the 7th century to the Norman Conquest. Cædmon's Hymn is considered the oldest survivor of poems in English. There are other examples of this literature like The Soul's Address to the Body (c. 1150-1175) found in Worcester Cathedral, Beowulf, and so many others example like the Heroic Poetry, Riddles, Saints´Life or the Christian Poetry.
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    Middle English

    During those Norman-ruled centuries, English had become the third language in its own country, within these, though, a myriad distinct regional usages and dialects grew up. Texts representative from that period of time are: “The Owl and the Nightingale” (probably composed around 1200), “Brut” (from around the same period), the “Canterbury Tales” in the early 1380s and it is also importat the traduction of the Bible.
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    English Renaissance

    These years produced a variety of authors of genius, some of whom have never been surpassed over the time, it is also well recognized over the times, the enviable ability to write with fluency, imagination, and verve of the authors of this period, anthologists include Nicholas Grimald, Richard Edwardes, George Turberville, and many others.
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    In order to purify the church in England, a religious reform took place guided for John Wycliffe and John Calvin. They had their own sets of beliefs and idealisms included the austerity, not believe in images and the strict austerity. Charles I of England made efforts to purge all Puritan influences in England, which resulted in the great migration to the American Colonies.
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    Restoration Age

    Written after the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 "many typical literary forms of the modern world, gained confidence during the Restoration period", new scientific concepts, cientifical experiments, and social and philosophical ideas were drawn into the literature. This was a great period for drama in which must be high light the works of Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, and John Gay and the poetry of John Dryden.
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    18th Century

    This period is the most skrinking political feature of all the English literature but another feature of the age was the rapid development of social life, the expansion of the empire, and the influence of this form of life in the literature. Really is difficult to summarize the number of writers but among those are writers as Swift and Addison, Pope and Burns, Defoe and Johnson, Goldsmith and Fielding,
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    According to J. Swift, this new era brings to the literature another hart another pulse in which particular ideas of freedom had begun to flourish in which the bast inmensity of feeling was exposed and the new role of imagination. Among the mayor representant of this time are: in poetry Percy Shelley, John Keats, and Lord Byron. In the novel, we have Jane Austen, Sir Walter Scott, and Mattew Levy as the most representative.
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    The new period after the romantic era tend to be idealized, writers were usually inclined towards being of improving nature with a central moral lesson at heart. The reclaiming of the past was a major part of Victorian literature. Writers such as Charles Dickens and the Bronte sisters, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Lewis Carol, Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, and poets as George Elliot, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Robert Browning...
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    Modern Literaturre

    This period was marked with an unexpected way to conceive the world in which a central preoccupation of Modernism is with the inner self and consciousness. The war became the central theme of this period and the novel was by no means immune from the self-conscious, reflective impulses of the new century. James Joyce, Joseph Conrad, Virginia Wolf, and T. S. Eliot are between the major writers of these time.
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    Postmodern literature becomes an experiment in the style because of the subversion on it, the major theme is self-reflection and the idea of the art for art's sake, in particular, postmodern writers are seen as reacting against the precepts of modernism. Some authors are Robert Irwin, John Barth, Patricia Waugh, John Banville, Samuel Becket, among others.
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    Although the importance of the English literature a small amount of attention has been paid to England’s postwar canon. Here there is a brief list of author and their works: Kingsley Amis – Lucky Jim, Iris Murdoch – Under the Net, John Fowles – The French Lieutenant’s Woman, J.G. Ballard – Crash, William Golding – Rites of Passage, Graham Swift – Waterland, Martin Amis and so on.