British and American literary periods


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Literary Periods
All Literary Periods Old English Middle English
The Renaissance Neoclassicism The Romantic Period
The Victorian Age Before 1940 After 1940
The USA: 1865 to 1914 The USA: After 1914 Suggestions

Literary periods

  1. British Literary Periods (ThoughtCo)

  2. English literature (Britannica)

  3. Literary Periods, Movements, and History


Old English:

  1. Background (Wikipedia)

  2. Old English language by David Crystal


Middle English: 1350-1485:

  1. Middle English language by David Crystal

  2. Background : Middle English Literature

  3. Anthology of Middle English Literature

  4. "The Canterbury Tales" (by Geoffrey Chaucer)
    -- Sparknotes: "The Canterbury Tales" (by Geoffrey Chaucer)
    -- A close reading of Chaucer's ‘The Merchant’s Prologue and Tale'

  5. "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"
    -- Sparknotes: The text

The English Renaissance: Background

  1. Everyday life in Tudor and Stuart times

  2. Sixteenth Century English Literature

  3. Renessansen (in Norwegian)

William Shakespeare

» "All's Well That Ends Well "
» "Antony and Cleopatra "
» "As You Like It"
» "The Comedy of Errors "
» "Coriolanus "
» "Cymbeline "
» "Hamlet "
» "Henry IV Part 1 "
» "Henry IV Part 2 "
» "Henry V "
» "Henry VI Part 1 "
» "Henry VI Part 2 "
» "Henry VI Part 3 "
» "Henry VIII "
» "Julius Caesar "
» "King John "
» "King Lear "
» "Love's Labour's Lost "
» "Macbeth "
» "Measure for Measure"
» "The Merchant of Venice "
» "The Merry Wives of Windsor "
» "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
» "Much Ado About Nothing "
» "Othello "
» "Pericles "
» "Richard II "
» "Richard III "
» "Romeo and Juliet "
» "Shakespeare's Sonnets "
» "The Taming of the Shrew "
» "The Tempest "
» "Timon of Athens"
» "Titus Andronicus"
» "Troilus and Cressida "
» "Twelfth Night"
» "The Two Gentlemen of Verona "
» "The Winter's Tale "

The English Restoration and Neoclassicism

  1. Restoration literature (Britannica)

  2. Classicism in general(Encyclopedia)

  3. Neoclassicism in English literature(Scribd)

  4. Some Neoclassical works:(Buzzle)

    - John Milton (1608 - 1674), Paradise Lost
    - Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745), Gulliver's Travels
    - Daniel Defoe (1660 - 1731), Robinson Crusoe

The Romantic Period

  1. The Romantic Period (Britannica)

  2. Romanticism (Britannica)

  3. 'The Romantics' by Stephanie Forward

  4. Romantikken (in Norwegian!)

  5. Articles on Romanticism (Buzzle) + some chosen texts:

    William Blake (Poetry Foundation)

    - 'The Lamb'
    - - in Sparknotes (analysis)

    - 'The Tyger'
    - - in Sparknotes (analysis)

    William Wordsworth (Poetry Foundation

    - 'Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood'




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