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English Literature (Outline)
THE OLD ENGLISH PERIOD (up to about 1100)
Beowulf (Old English, Anglo-Saxon)
THE MIDDLE ENGLISH PERIOD (1100-1500)
Geoffrey Chaucer The Canterbury Tales
1476 Caxton, the printing press
the ballad; medieval drama (miracle plays, morality plays)
MODERN TIMES (1500 to the present)
Modern English
- Renaissance (1579-1625): Christopher Marlowe The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus
- Classicism (1702-1770): age of reason, enlightenment (reason, balance, order, common
sense, clarity, elegance, propriety of style, age of prose); Jonathan Swift Gulliver's Travels;
Daniel Defoe The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
- Pre-Romanticism (1770-1798): return to Nature, cult of sensibility and melancholy, of the
primitive. a love of the strange, an interest in the Middle Ages, gothic architecture; Robert
Burns To a Mouse; Jane Austine Pride and Prejudice
- Romanticism (1798-1832): towards the emotional and imaginative; a new theory of poetry the centre of all knowledge, all science; inner life; William Blake, William Wordsworth and
Samuel Taylor Coleridge The Rime of the Ancient Mariner; Lord Byron; P.B.Shelley
- The Victorian Age (1832-1902); Charles Dickens Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, David
Copperfield;
- The Aesthetic Movement (Art for Art's sake) Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Grey
- 20th century: G.B. Shaw, the Imagist Movement (E. Pound, W.B. Yeats, T.S.Eliot); The
New Novel (James Joyce; V. Woolf); The Angry Young Men (Kingsley Amis)