History of English literature

Timeline created by Nury Santamaría
In History
  • 700

    Year 700-800

    Year 700-800
    FEATURES:
    -The texts were written in Old English (Old English)
    -Most important texts: The seafarer and The wanderer.
    -Transmission: oral to be able to memorize them they used resources such as tropes, rhymes, repetitions, etc.
    EXAMPLE:
    -The Venerable Bede
    -Beowulf
  • 1200

    Year 1200

    Year 1200
    FEATURES:
    - The theater made relevant to the church was "discovered".
    -The church indoctrinated people through dramaturgy.
    - The church had all the requirements for the theater to begin to be taught in the churches.
    EXAMPLE:
    -Eddas
  • 1264

    Year 1264-1300

    Year 1264-1300
    FEATURES:
    -Tropes get complicated (they take place inside the church)
    - Mystery plays representations of stories from the Bible appear.
    parallel to the moralizing works that show the virtues and defects
    Drama Process: First they meet from time to time and then go on to professionalize.
    - Little by little they go from writing only mystery plays to writing more types of works: profane works with everyday characters (only men) without neglecting morality (evil never wins).
    EXAMPLE:
    Duns Scotus
  • 1400

    Year 1400

    Year 1400
    FEATURES:
    -Old English evolves into Middle English (medieval English)
    -Up to 1400 English literature alliteration sets the pace
    almost everything was poetry
    -Most relevant works such Canterbury.
    EXAMPLE:
    Middle English gave way to modern English during the Middle Ages. From 1485 to 1660. This was the time of the rebirth of an artistic and cultural movement that existed in England from the 16th century until the middle of the 17th century.
  • 1450

    Year 1450

    Year 1450
    FEATURES:
    - Iterlude Thomas Heywood.
    - Common men and women.
    - There is already authorship
    EXAMPLE:
    Featured authors include John Donne, with his "Sacred Sonnets," which includes the phrase "Death, don't be proud" and John Milton, the blind poet who wrote "Paradise Lost"
  • 1500

    Year 1500

    Year 1500
    FEATURES:
    -Very relevant fact: appearance of the printing press, which facilitates the dissemination of the texts that have culminated in the history of literature.
    -The texts are as we know them today.
    EXAMPLES:
    -John Milton
  • Period:
    1550
    to

    Year 1550-1630 (Golden Age)

    FEATURES:
    - Important dates: Elisabeth I (Tudor Dynasty): 1550- 1602 James I (Stuardian Dynasty): 1602-1620 Charles I (Stuardian Dynasty) 1620-1660
    EXAMPLE:
    -Charles I
  • Year 1789

    Year 1789
    FEATURES:
    -The romantic period begins
    This period extends from 1789 to 1837. This period produced authors who wrote about life, love, and nature. Among the most important authors of the second generation of romantic poets are John Keats, Lord Byron, and Percy Bysse Shelley. John Keats is the most famous author of the period. William Wordsworth with his poem "The world is too much for us, soon and soon." Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote "The Old Mariner's Frost".
    EXAMPLE:
    -Jhon Keats
  • Year 1837

    FEATURES:
    Victorian and modernist British Literature begins with the coronation of Queen Victoria, in 1837, until 1901. A time of social transformation, his works spoke about the development of English democracy, the education of the masses, the situation of the working class and religion and history.
    EXAMPLE:
    Love poems by Elizabeth and Robert Browning, Lord Alfred Tennyson's Camelot saga entitled "Idylls of the King".
  • Year 1901

    Year 1901
    FEATURES:
    Modern literature begins in 1901 to 1940 with the French Revolution. creating the First Spanish-speaking literary and artistic movement. Modernism gives an artistic and intellectual initiative to express itself with its own voice in the cultural events of the world. In an attempt to evade reality and take refuge in an ideal world, he starts several movements.
    EXAMPLE:
    Miguel de Cervantes and his masterpiece "Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha" Félix Rubén García with "Blue Poem".
  • Year 1940

    Year 1940
    FEATURES:
    The Postmodern era It begins in 1940 - 2000. It is an artistic, cultural, literary and philosophical movement that descends from modernism. His goal is to create a world of rational, planned, perfect, and compassionate characteristics.
    EXAMPLE:
    Umberto Eco "The name of the rose". Italo Calvin "If one winter night a traveler". Gabriela Mistral "The sonnets of death (1914.
  • Period: to

    From year 1945 to Now

    FEATURES:
    Contemporary literary movement has to do with the literary styles used in the period between the nineteenth century and today. Its general characteristic is to be in constant renewal. It is a period through great changes at the social, cultural and political level.
    EXAMPLES:
    -Mario Vargas Llosa "The city and the dogs", Jorge Luis Borges "The Aleph", Albert Camus "The plague"