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History of English Literature

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Brief History of English Literature

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History of English Literature

  1. 1. HISTORY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE Compiled by: Thomas Youman
  2. 2. 1. What is Literature? <ul><li>Literature refers to the practice and profession of writing. It comes from human interest in telling a story, in arranging words in artistic forms, in describing in words some aspects of human experiences. </li></ul>
  3. 3. 2. Why we read Literature? <ul><li>Pleasure </li></ul><ul><li>Relaxation </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge </li></ul>
  4. 4. 3. Old English Period 469 AD - 1066 AD <ul><li>Three conquests. </li></ul><ul><li>The Song of Beowulf: </li></ul>
  5. 5. Middle English Literature <ul><li>Bible translations, </li></ul><ul><li>Geoffrey Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales </li></ul>
  6. 6. Renaissance Literature <ul><li>Vernacular Literature. </li></ul><ul><li>William Caxton. </li></ul><ul><li>Book of Common Prayer. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Early Modern Period <ul><li>Elizabethan Era </li></ul><ul><li>Jacobean Literature </li></ul><ul><li>Caroline and Cromwellian Literature </li></ul><ul><li>Restoration Literature </li></ul><ul><li>Augustan Literature. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Elizabethan Era <ul><li>William Shakespeare </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hamlet, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Romeo and Juliet, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Merchant of Venice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Macbeth </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Jacobean Literature <ul><li>Post-Shakespeare. </li></ul><ul><li>Dramatist Ben Jonson: </li></ul><ul><li> T heory of Humors </li></ul><ul><li>Beaumont and Fletcher </li></ul><ul><li>The Knight of the Burning Pestle </li></ul>
  10. 10. Caroline and Cromwellian Literature <ul><li>Commonwealth. </li></ul><ul><li>Samuel Pepys. </li></ul><ul><li>Great Plague. </li></ul><ul><li>Great Fire of London. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Restoration Literature <ul><li>John Milton: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Paradise Lost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Country Wife </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pilgrim’s Progress </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Augustan Literature <ul><li>Jonathan Swift: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A Tale of a Tub </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gulliver’s Travels </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. 18th Century <ul><li>Age of Enlightment. </li></ul><ul><li>Age of Sensibility. </li></ul><ul><li>Horace Walpole: The Castle of Otranto </li></ul>
  14. 14. Romanticism <ul><li>Industrialism. </li></ul><ul><li>William Blake: Romantic Age </li></ul><ul><li>Oscar Wilde </li></ul><ul><li>Mary Shelley: </li></ul>
  15. 15. Victorian Literature <ul><li>Charles Dickens. </li></ul><ul><li>Arthur Conan Doyle: Sherlok Holmes </li></ul>
  16. 16. English Literature since 1900 <ul><li>Modernism: Rudyard Kipling, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf </li></ul><ul><li>Post-Modern Literature: Truman Capote </li></ul><ul><li>Post World War II: J.R.R. Tolkien </li></ul>

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