Unit 1. History of English Literature

Timeline created by Lady Jhoana Rodriguez
In History
  • 450

    The Old English (450-1066)

    The Old English (450-1066)
    It begins with the invasion of Celtic England by Germanic tribes c.450 and lasts until the conquest of England by the Norman-French William the Conqueror in 1066. These works include genres such as epic poetry, hagiography, sermons, Bible translations, legal works, chronicles, and riddles and the most famous example of Old English literature is the anonymous epic, Beowulf.
  • 1066

    Middle English (1066-1500)

    Middle English (1066-1500)
    Middle English was spoken as being from 1150 to 1500. This stage of the development of the English language roughly followed the High to the Late Middle Ages.
    Middle English also saw considerable adoption of Norman French vocabulary, especially in the areas of politics, law, the arts, and religion, as well as poetic and emotive diction
  • 1558

    Elizabethan literature (1558–1603)

    Elizabethan literature (1558–1603)
    Elizabeth I presided over a vigorous culture that saw notable accomplishments in the arts, voyages of discovery, the "Elizabethan Settlement" that created the Church of England, and the defeat of military threats from Spain
  • Jacobean era (1603-1625)

    Jacobean era (1603-1625)
    The term "Jacobean" is often used for the distinctive styles of Jacobean architecture, visual arts, decorative arts, and literature which characterized that period.
  • Caroline era (1625-1649)

    Caroline era (1625-1649)
    The Caroline era was dominated by growing religious, political, and social discord between the King and his supporters, termed the Royalist party, and the Parliamentarian opposition that evolved in response to particular aspects of Charles's rule.
    During Caroline age the spirit of renaissance declined and religious thought and Action grew up as a a result metaphysical poets appeared. Prose and drama began to disintegrate and religious or metaphysical poetry took place.
  • English Renaissance (1500-1660)

    English Renaissance (1500-1660)
    The English Renaissance was a period in which England was going through an artistic and cultural movement, It was divided in three periods; the first one was Elizabethan era in the second half of the 16th century is usually regarded as the height of the English Renaissance, the second period Jacobean era, and the last Caroline period.
  • Puritan age (1653-1660)

    Puritan age (1653-1660)
    The Puritan Age or the Age of Milton. This short and sad period was from 1653-1660 where Puritans influenced religion, family life, community service, and literature, with Grand and sublime poetry.
  • Restoration Literature (1660-1700)

    Restoration Literature (1660-1700)
    The writings of this time are both innovative and varied; the style and subject matter of the literature produced during the Restoration period spanned the spectrum from definitively religious to satirical and risqué. In 1688, James II, Charles II's brother, was removed from the throne, which many scholars use to mark the end of Restoration literature.
  • 18th Century Literature (1700-1798)

    18th Century Literature (1700-1798)
    European literature of the 18th century refers to literature (poetry, drama, satire, and novels) produced in Europe during this period. The 18th century saw the development of the modern novel as a literary genre.
  • Romanticism Literature (1798-1837)

    Romanticism Literature (1798-1837)
    Romanticism was an artistic, literary, and intellectual movement that originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th century It was a movement in art, literature, and music. Romantic refers to a freely imaginative fiction taking in mind imagination, emotion, and, the value of rules.
  • Victorian (1837-1901)

    Victorian (1837-1901)
    The Victorian era was the period of Queen Victoria's reign, from 20 June 1837 until her death on 22 January 1901. Britain's relations with the other Great Powers were driven by the colonial antagonism.
    Argued for inappropriate sexual activities, related to the British empire.
  • Modern Literature (1901-1940)

    Modern Literature (1901-1940)
    The Modernist impulse is fueled in various literatures by industrialization and urbanization and by the search for an authentic response to a much-changed world.
    First World War made to react about values and appeared new literary genres
    James Joyce’s Ulysses in 1922 Other European and American Modernist authors whose works rejected chronological and narrative continuity include Virginia Woolf, Marcel Proust, Gertrude Stein, and William Faulkner.
  • Post Moderns (1940-2000)

    Post Moderns (1940-2000)
    Postmodern literature is a type of literature that came to prominence after World War II. Learn about how postmodernism in literature rejects many literary conventions and embraces new ones in this lesson.
    Postmodernity is understood as a historical period from the mid-1940s to the present, which is different from the (2) theoretical postmodernism, which encompasses the theories developed by thinkers such as Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault and others.
  • Contemporary (1960-To the present)

    Contemporary (1960-To the present)
    It is written after the Second World War until the present is the literature that is written at the time
    The writers are looking for trends that illuminate societal strengths and weaknesses to remind society of lessons they should learn and questions they should ask.