An Introduction to the History of English Literature

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  • 1. History of English Literature An Introduction By Xavier Pradheep Singh. M. S. HEL Series - 1 6 th July 2010
  • 2. Overview
    • In this class we will discuss
      • Literature
      • History of English Literature
      • Periods in the History of English Literature
      • Division of Periods
  • 3.
    • History is a nation’s biography
    • Its literature is its autobiography
  • 4. Literature
    • Expression of life in terms of truth and beauty
    • Written record of man’s spirit, his thoughts, emotions and aspirations
  • 5. Qualities of Literature
    • Artistic quality
    • Suggestive quality
    • Permanent quality
  • 6. Tests of Literature
    • Universality
    • Style
  • 7. Objectives of Literature
    • To teach
    • To delight
  • 8. Aims in learning Literature
    • to know men
      • their soul
      • their actions
  • 9. Importance of Literature
    • Every civilization is founded upon ideals
    • Every human action springs from an ideal
    • Literature preserves such ideals
    • Therefore Literature preserves civilizations and human actions
  • 10. History of English Literature
    • Not a chronological account of the books written in English language
  • 11. History of English Literature
    • Record of the relationship between a writer and those who precede or succeed him/her
    • Record of the relationship between age and age. It records the rise, the growth and the decline of schools and movements
    • Record of the influence of individual writers upon an age and the vice versa
  • 12. History of English Literature
    • A record both of individual writers and their special contributions to literature and of the personal and impersonal forces which shaped their works
  • 13. Aims of HEL
    • To give a clear account of the whole transformation of literature from period to period
    • To make out the causes which have produced such transformation
    • To explain the successive changes in its matter, form and spirit
  • 14. Periods
    • A period is a certain length of time during which a particular kind of taste prevails
    • A taste last for a time only
    • The taste of an age differs from that of others
  • 15. Periods
    • The literature written in an age is marked by various common features like its subject matter, thought, tone and style
    • Each age has its own particular lines of interest and its own particular way of thinking and feeling about things
  • 16. Factors deciding a period
    • Anything that brings fresh interests and ideas into the life of an age
    • Anything that modifies the thoughts and feelings of a period
    • Any change in the attitude towards men and things
  • 17. Labels of Periods
    • The periods in the history of English literature are usually labeled with epithets derived from history
      • the Elizabethan period
      • the Victorian period
  • 18.
    • Pre-Chaucerian period
    • 500 – 1340 AD
    • Anglo-Saxon Period
  • 19.
    • The Age of Chaucer
    • 1340 – 1400 AD
    • Middle Plantagenet Period
  • 20.
    • From Chaucer to Tottel’s Miscellany
    • 1400 – 1557 AD
    • Later Plantagenet Period
  • 21.
    • The Age of Shakespeare
    • 1557 – 1625 AD
    • The Elizabethan Age
  • 22.
    • The Age of Milton
    • 1625 – 1660 AD
    • The Caroline Age
  • 23.
    • The Age of Dryden
    • 1660 – 1700 AD
    • The Age of Restoration
  • 24.
    • The Age of Pope
    • 1700 – 1745 AD
    • The of Queen Anne
  • 25.
    • The Age of Johnson
    • 1745 – 1798 AD
    • Middle Georgian Age
  • 26.
    • The Age of Wordsworth
    • 1798 – 1832 AD
    • The Age of Revolution
  • 27.
    • The Age of Tennyson
    • 1832 – 1887 AD
    • The Victorian Age
  • 28.
    • The Age of Hardy
    • 1887 – 1928 AD
  • 29.
    • The Present Age
    • 1930 – till date
  • 30. Sum up
    • What is literature?
    • What is a history of English literature?
    • What is a period?
  • 31. Thank You