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An Overview of English and
American Literature
What is English literature?
Literature?
English?
American literature?
• The Middle Ages ( -1485)
• The Sixteenth Century (1485-1603)
• The Seventeenth Century (1603-1660)
• The Restoration and...
Before the Middle Ages ( -1485)
The Roman Period (43 A.D. – 410)
• 56 BC: Caesar visited Britain.
• 40 AD: Roman colony fo...
The Middle Ages ( -1485)
The Anglo-Saxon Period (450-1066)
• ca. 450: Anglo-Saxon Conquest.
• 597: Christianity introduced...
The Middle Ages ( -1485)
The Norman-French Period (1066-1340)
• ca. 1200: Beginnings of Middle English literature.
• 1095:...
The Middle Ages ( -1485)
The Late Middle Ages (1340-1485)
• 1387: Geoffrey Chaucer begins to write The Canterbury Tales.
•...
The Sixteenth Century (1485-1603)
• 1485: Henry VII starts the Tudor sovereigns.
• 1509: Henry VIII becomes king.
• 1558: ...
The Seventeenth Century (1603-1660)
• 1603: James I starts the Stuart line.
• 1620: Plymouth colony founded.
• 1641: Civil...
The Restoration and Eighteenth Century
(1660-1798)
• 1660: Charles II restored to throne.
• 1668: The Glorious Revolution....
The Romantic Period (1798-1832)
• 1798: Lyrical Ballads published.
• 1842: The Reform Bill carried in Parliament.
The Victorian Age (1832-1901)
• 1837: Victoria becomes queen.
• 1851: The Great Exhibition in London.
• 1859: Charles Darw...
The Twentieth Century (1901- )
Modern Period (1914-1945)
• 1914-18: World War I.
• 1922: T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land; Jame...
The Twentieth Century (1901- )
Postmodern Period (1945- )
• Early American Literature 1620-1820
• American Literature 1820-1865
• American Literature 1865-1914
• American Literatur...
Early American Literature 1620-1820
• 1492: Columbus arrives at one of the Bahamas Islands.
• 1620: Mayflower Compact sign...
American Literature 1820-1865
• 1831: Nat Turner’s revolt.
• 1838-39: The Trail of Tears.
• 1849: California Gold Rush beg...
American Literature 1865-1914
• 1867: Reconstruction Acts.
• 1871: Great Chicago Fire.
American Literature between the Wars
1910-1945
• 1917: U.S. enters World War I.
• 1929: Great Depression begins.
• 1941: U...
American Literature Since 1945
• 1950: McCarthyism begins.
• 1961: Vietnam War begins.
• 1968: Martin Luther King Jr. assa...
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  1. 1. An Overview of English and American Literature
  2. 2. What is English literature? Literature? English? American literature?
  3. 3. • The Middle Ages ( -1485) • The Sixteenth Century (1485-1603) • The Seventeenth Century (1603-1660) • The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century (1660-1798) • The Romantic Period (1798-1832) • The Victorian Age (1832-1901) • The Twentieth Century (1901-present) 1914-1945 : The Modern Period 1945- : Postmodern Period Periods of English Literature (Norton Anthology Periodization)
  4. 4. Before the Middle Ages ( -1485) The Roman Period (43 A.D. – 410) • 56 BC: Caesar visited Britain. • 40 AD: Roman colony founded. • 410: Last Roman legion withdrawn from England.
  5. 5. The Middle Ages ( -1485) The Anglo-Saxon Period (450-1066) • ca. 450: Anglo-Saxon Conquest. • 597: Christianity introduced to England by St. Augustine.. • 1066: England conquered by the Normans.
  6. 6. The Middle Ages ( -1485) The Norman-French Period (1066-1340) • ca. 1200: Beginnings of Middle English literature. • 1095: The First Crusade begins.
  7. 7. The Middle Ages ( -1485) The Late Middle Ages (1340-1485) • 1387: Geoffrey Chaucer begins to write The Canterbury Tales. • 1474: First book in English printed by Caxton.
  8. 8. The Sixteenth Century (1485-1603) • 1485: Henry VII starts the Tudor sovereigns. • 1509: Henry VIII becomes king. • 1558: Elizabeth I becomes queen. • 1576: The Theatre built. • 1588: Spanish Armada defeated. • 1603: Elizabeth I dies.
  9. 9. The Seventeenth Century (1603-1660) • 1603: James I starts the Stuart line. • 1620: Plymouth colony founded. • 1641: Civil War breaks out. All theatres closed. • 1649: Charles I executed; The commonwealth established. • 1660: Charles II restored to throne.
  10. 10. The Restoration and Eighteenth Century (1660-1798) • 1660: Charles II restored to throne. • 1668: The Glorious Revolution. • 1776: The American colonies united for freedom. • 1789: The French Revolution begin.
  11. 11. The Romantic Period (1798-1832) • 1798: Lyrical Ballads published. • 1842: The Reform Bill carried in Parliament.
  12. 12. The Victorian Age (1832-1901) • 1837: Victoria becomes queen. • 1851: The Great Exhibition in London. • 1859: Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species published. • 1901: Queen Victoria dies.
  13. 13. The Twentieth Century (1901- ) Modern Period (1914-1945) • 1914-18: World War I. • 1922: T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land; James Joyce’s Ulysses. • 1930: Period of depression begins. • 1939-45: World War II breaks out.
  14. 14. The Twentieth Century (1901- ) Postmodern Period (1945- )
  15. 15. • Early American Literature 1620-1820 • American Literature 1820-1865 • American Literature 1865-1914 • American Literature between the Wars 1914-1945 • American Literature Since 1945 Periods of American Literature (Norton Anthology Periodization)
  16. 16. Early American Literature 1620-1820 • 1492: Columbus arrives at one of the Bahamas Islands. • 1620: Mayflower Compact signed. • 1776: Declaration of Independence.
  17. 17. American Literature 1820-1865 • 1831: Nat Turner’s revolt. • 1838-39: The Trail of Tears. • 1849: California Gold Rush begins. • 1861-65: American Civil War.
  18. 18. American Literature 1865-1914 • 1867: Reconstruction Acts. • 1871: Great Chicago Fire.
  19. 19. American Literature between the Wars 1910-1945 • 1917: U.S. enters World War I. • 1929: Great Depression begins. • 1941: U.S. enters World War II.
  20. 20. American Literature Since 1945 • 1950: McCarthyism begins. • 1961: Vietnam War begins. • 1968: Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated. • 1975: Vietnam War ends.

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