Week 4 Discussion: Literary Movements
Initial Post Instructions
Choose one of the literary movements that you read about this week and at least one work from that movement. Movements, authors, and famous works are discussed in the lesson as well. You do not have to choose authors or works discussed in the lesson, but you may. For your initial post, address
one of the following:
Option 1: Examine the movement and specific work in relation to historical and political influences of the movement. Include a one paragraph summary of the plot before moving on to the examination of the work in relation to the movement.
Read/review the following resources for this activity:
· Textbook: Chapter 7, 8
Minimum of 1 scholarly source (in addition to the textbook – for historical/political influences)
The Renaissance and Reformation (1485-1660)
The Renaissance took place in the late 15th, 16th and early 17th centuries in Britain. Its name means “rebirth,” and that implies that the Renaissance was a flourishing of arts and other culture that swept across Europe during this time.
· The early Tudor Period lasted from 1485-1558. The War of the Roses ended with Henry VIII claiming the throne of England and Martin Luther’s split from the Catholic Church and the emergence of Protestantism.
· The Elizabethan Period lasted from 1558-1603. Queen Elizabeth was on the throne of England, and her reign is marked by the early works of William Shakespeare (
The Taming of the Shrew, ca. 1592) and Christopher Marlowe (
The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus).
· The Jacobean Period spanned from 1603-1625. This period included Shakespeare’s later works, such as
The Tempest (1611) and John Donne.
· The Caroline Age from 1625-1649 included authors such as John Milton (L”Allegro and Il Penseroso) and George Herbert (
The Temple, Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations, 1633).
· The Commonwealth Period/Puritan Interregnum lasted from 1649-1660, and important authors included John Milton (
Paradise Lost, 1667), Andrew Marvell (“To His Coy Mistress,” ca. 1649-1660) and Sir Thomas Browne (
The Garden of Cyrus, 1658).
During the Renaissance, writers began to think about their position in the world independently of religious motivations. Renaissance creators valued the dignity of man and the joys of society much more than pervious writers, and this would develop into Humanism. The Renaissance also gave birth to the Protestant Reformation as people began to question the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church. Criticism and the creation of something new was a crucial mark of this period, both in religion with the Reformation and in the works of art. In addition, the invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg, which made it possible to quickly reproduce ideas, occurred
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