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Anglo-Saxon Period (450-

1066)-
Usage of Old English Germanic literature
(450-1100)- encompassing themes such
The Saxons, Angles, and as strong belief in fate,
Jutes mixed their admiration of heroic
different Germanic warriors, and juxtaposition of
dialects forming Old church and pagan worlds.
English or Anglo-Saxon.

Medieval Period (1066- Conquest of England (Sept. 28,


1500)- 1066)-
This period focused on Claiming his right to the English
the chivalric code of throne, William, duke of
honor/romances and Normandy, invades England at
religious devotion. For Pevensey on Britains southeast
the first time, the coast. His subsequent defeat of
illiterate population can King Harold II at the Battle of
understand literature. Hastings marked the beginning of a
new era in British history.

Invention of printing press


Renaissance Period with moveable type (1448)-
(1500-1660)- Inventor Johannes
This period sees a shift Gutenberg adapted the
from religion to moveable type from Asia
stressing the human developing a casting system
life on Earth. Popular and metal alloys that made
themes included production easier.
development of
human potential and
love exploration. Neoclassical and
Restoration Periods
(1600-1785)-
Restoration to Throne This period showed
(May 25, 1660)- emphasis on the
Charles II was king of common sense of
England, Scotland, and society rather than
Ireland whose restoration individual imagination.
to the throne marked the Often included satire to
end of republican rule in expose and criticize
England. foolishness and
corruption.

Romantic Period (1785-


1832)-
The most diverse period
Age of Enlightenment (1685-
1815)- with emphasis on
nature and imagination.
It advocated reason as a
People are seen as
means to establishing an
authoritative system of innately good and
aesthetics, ethics, society is evil.
government, and even
religion. It allowed for
humans to obtain objective
truth about reality. Modern Period (1901-1939)-
It applies to works written
after the start of World War I.
Common themes included
bold experimentation with
Victorian Period (1832-
subject matter, style and
1901)-
form, as well as narratives,
Named after Queen Victoria,
verse, and drama.
it was a time of great social,
religious, intellectual, and
economic issues. It revealed Post-Modern Period (1939-
the shocking life of Present)-
sweatshops and urban poor, Beginning after the end of
leading to conflict between World War II, it is believed to
those in power and the be a direct response to
common laborers. Modernism. There was no
single defining source for truth
and reality beyond personal
preferences.