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Literary Periods of British and American Literature
September 4, 2007, 8:51 pm
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I always wonder about literary periods and here is a neat list I found:

Periods of British Literature

450-1066 : Old English (or Anglo-Saxon) Period

1066-1500 : Middle English Period

1500-1660 : The Renaissance

  • 1558-1603 : Elizabethan Age
  • 1603-1625 : Jacobean Age
  • 1625-1649 : Caroline Age
  • 1649-1660 : Commonwealth Period (or Puritan Interregnum)

1660-1785 : The Neoclassical Period

  • 1660-1700 : The Restoration
  • 1700-1745 : The Augustan Age (or Age of Pope)
  • 1745-1785 : The Age of Sensibility (or Age of Johnson)

1785-1830 : The Romantic Period

1832-1901 : The Victorian Period

  • 1848-1860 : The Pre-Raphaelites
  • 1880-1901 : Aestheticism and Decadence

1901-1914 : The Edwardian Period

1910-1936 : The Georgian Period

1914-1945 : The Modern Period

1945-present : Postmodern Period

American Literature

1607-1776 : Colonial Period

1765-1790 : The Revolutionary Age

1775-1828 : The Early National Period

1828-1865 : The Romantic Period (Also known as: The American Renaissance or The Age of Transcendentalism)

1865-1900 : The Realistic Period

1900-1914 : The Naturalistic Period

1914-1939 : American Modernist Period

  • 1920s : Jazz Age, Harlem Renaissance
  • 1920s, 1930s : The “Lost Generation”

1939-present : The Contemporary Period

  • 1950s : Beat Writers
  • 1960s, 1970s : Counterculture

Ethnic Literatures, including, but not limited to:

  • African-American Writers
  • Native American Writers
  • Asian-American Writers
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