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  • 1. Augustan Literature
  • 2. Augustan Literature
    • It is a style of English literature produced during the reigns of Queen Anne, King George I, and George II.
    • First half of the 18th century.
    • Ending in the 1740s with the death of Pope and Swift.
  • 3. It is a literary epoch that featured the rapid development of the novel, an explosion in satire, the mutation of drama from political satire into melodrama.
  • 4. In philosophy, it was an age dominated by empiricism. Evolution of mercantilism as a formal philosophy. Development of capitalism Triumph of trade
  • 5. Literature began to appear from all over the kingdom. Authors gradually began to accept literature that went in unique directions rather than the formerly monolithic conventions and, through this, slowly began to honor and recreate various folk compositions
  • 6. Historical Context
    • “ Augustan” derives from George I wishing to be seen as Augustus Caesar.
    • In 1764 Oliver Goldsmith used the term “Augustan” to refer to the literature of the 1720s and ’30s.
    • Rise of empiricism
  • 7. History and literature
    • Satire, both in prose, drama, and poetry, was the genre that attracted the most energetic and voluminous writing. The satires produced during the Augustan period were occasionally gentle and non-specific
    • The authors were writing for an informed audience and only secondarily for posterity.
  • 8. Prose
    • The essay, satire, and dialogue (in philosophy and religion) thrived in the age, and the English novel was truly begun as a serious art form
    • circulating libraries in England began in the Augustan period
  • 9.
    • There were Puritan authors, for example, Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe (1719) was the first major novel
    • Long prose satires like Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726) had a central character who goes through adventures
    • the most important single satirical source for the writing of novels came from Cervantes's Don Quixote (1605, 1615
  • 10. Poetry
    • In the Augustan era, poets wrote in direct counterpoint and direct expansion of one anothe
    • The entire Augustan age's poetry was dominated by Alexander Pope
    • Pope had few poetic rivals, but he had many personal enemies and political, philosophical, or religious opponents
  • 11. Some authors
  • 12. Resources
    • www.wikipedia.com
    • www.online-literature.com