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Topics: 2nd millennium, Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe Pages: 35 (12130 words) Published: September 14, 2014


CONTENIDO

Prologue ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 3
Old English …………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 4
Anglo – saxon poetry …………………………………………………………………………………………… 4
Specific features of Anglo-saxon poetry ……………………………………………………………… 5
Beowulf ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 6
Middle English literature/ 14th century ………………………………………………………………… 7
Geoffrey Chaucer biography ………………………………………………………………………………… 8
The Canterbury Tales …………………………………………………………………………………………… 9
Historical Context and Themes …………………………………………………………………………….. 10
Religion ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 10
Social class and convention ………………………………………………………………………………….. 11
15th Century Literature ………………………………………………………………………………………… 11
The Elizabethan era / 16th century ……………………………………………………………………….. 12
Shakespeare biography ………………………………………………………………………………………… 12
Shakespeare sonnets …………………………………………………………………………………………… 14
The Romantic Movement/ 18th century ……………………………………………………………….. 15
Mary Shelley biography ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 16
Jane Austen biography …………………………………………………………………………………………. 17
The influence of European romanticism on American writers ……………………………… 18
Edgar Allan Poe biography …………………………………………………………………………………… 19
The Victorian literature ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 20
Charles Dickens biography …………………………………………………………………………………… 20
Oscar Wilde biography …………………………………………………………………………………………. 22
20th Century Literature ………………………………………………………………………………………… 24
J.r.r Tolkien biography …………………………………………………………………………………………. 24
21st century literature ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 28
Comparison with Modernist Literature ………………………………………………………………… 28
Common themes and techniques ………………………………………………………………………… 28
Irony, playfulness and black humor and Intertextuality ……………………………………….. 28
Pastiche, metafiction, fabulation, poioumena and temporal distortion ……………….. 30
Magic realism, paranoia, maximalism and minimalism ………………………………………… 31
Ian McEwen biography ………………………………………………………………………………………… 32

PROLOGUE

Thoughts and ideas live inside a writer’s mind and words are the way they are expressed through letters on papers that build a book full of them. The imagination of men and women has created a world with a plenty of works, some to fulfill our knowledge and others to entertain us. Study the literature is the vital importance for the world, as English is the basic language to it, is the one to every Modern Languages’ student. You as a student have been reading some works from famous writers as Aesop and others, but the time to study the main of the literature century by century is here. This guide will lead you to study the history of the literature through the time, since the beginning of the Old English, passing by every century until the days we live today, as we know it as the 21st Century. Also, you will study the life of authors like Geofrrey Chaucer, Oscar Wilde, J.R.R Tolkien and the relation between their lives with their works. Stories like Beowulf from the Old English world, Shakespeare’s Sonnets from the 16th century, The Pit and The Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe from the Romanticism Movement, The Silmarillion by J.R.R Tolkien from the 20th century, and much more, will lead your imagination by reading them to the wonders of the world of literature and will teach you how English as a language has been changing through the years. This subject called ‘Lecturas literarias II’ will be the final journey of your career studying literature but it will lead you to the amazing world of English in all matters.

OLD ENGLISH

English, as we know it, descends from the language spoken by the north Germanic tribes who settled in England from the 5th century A.D. onwards. They had no writing (except runes, used as charms) until they learned the Latin alphabet from Roman missionaries. The earliest written works in Old English (as their language...
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