British Literature through the 18th Century – angličtina



Otázka: British Literature – 18th Century

Jazyk: Angličtina

Přidal(a): adelao



Old English (600 – 1100)- completely different from modern English

  • Beowulf
    • 8th century
    • Anglo-Saxon epic poetry
    • Prince Beowulf kills a monster, Grendel, that has been terrorizing the Danish King. Beowulf becomes a hero, but he has to kill Grendel’s mother for she seeks revenge. Beowulf eventually dies in a conflict with a dragon.

Middle English (1100 – 1500)- language of everyday life

  • Geoffrey Chaucer
    • end of the 14th Century
    • one of the first English writers
    • The Canterbury Tales – a collection of stories that pilgrims from different social classes tell one another while travelling from London to Canterbury

Early Modern English (1500 – 1700)- English became a language of government and religion (Henry VIII allowed an English Bible to be published)

  • Sir Thomas More
    • Utopia
  • William Shakespeare
    • Elizabethan Age – a golden age for theatre (The Globe; varied audience)
    • sonnets
    • plays
      • comedies
        • As You Like It,The Merchant of Venice…
      • historical
        • Richard III…
      • tragedies
        • Hamlet, Othello, King Lear…
        • John Milton
          • Paradise Lost – an epic poem, Biblical story of the Fall of Man, the idea of Free Will

The Rise of the Novel (18th Century)- Enlightenment

How are 18th Century Novels different?

–        original plots

–        specific people and places

–        character development

–        specified dates and time

–        realistic/authentic prose

  • Daniel Defoe
    • Robinson Crusoe
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