Flashcards in Subtest I Literary Periods Deck (8)
Based on traditions of oral storytelling. Most concern mankind's relationship to the gods and nature. Most secondary-school literature course explore Greek mythology. Ex: Homer's The Odyssey, Aesop's Fables, Virgil's The Aeneid.
Medieval and Renaissance Literature
Literary period where other languages besides Latin developed, including Old English. Ex: Beowulf, The Divine Comedy, The Decameron, and Canterbury Tales. Renaissance: The Faerie Queene, Shakespeare's plays.
The Neoclassical Period
Emphasis on reason and progress.
The Romantic Period
Romantic writers examined their own feelings and emotions with unprecedented curiosity and found inspiration in nature and other things. Focus on individual imagination. Best Romantic literature is lyric poetry, but was also a time period when the novel came into its own.
Modernism arose as a feeling of disillusionment with modern culture and society, shock and a sense of waste after World War I, and a new urge to reject past forms and experiment with new ones. T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land is like other modernist literature and the most ordinary daily routines and events are described in terms of mythical quests and literary forebears. Some authors as well explored utiopian and dystopian societies.
A literary movement which presented a fragmented view of reality that drew on parody, pastiche, unreliable narrators, irony, black humor, and a general feeling of cultural exhaustion. Postmodern protagonists often created their own versions of reality to compete with or replace the reality of everyday experience. Ex: Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Achebe's Things Fall Apart.
The first American literature was Native American oral myths explaining how the world was created, describing how mankind and culture emerged, and relating the adventures of mythic heroes and tricksters.....Colonialist literature about family life, survival. Western literature about the Wild West. Immigrant literature. Slave narratives..