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The Origins:
The Celts

The Anglosaxons
The Danish Wars
The Anglosaxon poetry
The Anglosaxons Chronicles
The Normans

The Plantagenet – Antony Dynasty:
Henry II

Magna Charta
Henry III

The history of the language – Middle English

The fourteenth Century:
Edward II

The hundred years’ war and the Black Death

John Wyclif: the translation of the Bible

Geoffrey Chaucer:
Canterbury Tales

The fifteenth Century:
Thomas Malory: “Le morte Darthur”

Medieval Theatre:
Mystery and miracles Plays

Morality play: “Everyman”

The Ballad

From early Renaissance to Restoration:

The Early Sixteenth Century:
The Tudors

Literature: Wyatt and Surrey

Thomas More: “Utopia”

The Elizabethan Period:
Mary I

Elizabeth I
Elizabethan London
Philip Sidney
Edmund Spenser
John Donne: Poetry
Metaphysical Sensibility
Actors and Staging
Elizabethan Theatre

Christopher Marlowe “Doctor Faustus”

William Shakespeare:
Theatrical environment

Romeo and Juliet
The tempest; A midsummer Night Dream

The seventeenth century:
James I

Charles I
Civil War
The Commonwealth
The Restoration
The Seventeenth Theatre

John Milton:
Paradise Lost: Satan’s Speech.
Paradise Regained

The eighteenth century:
The Orange and Hanover Dynasty

The Stuarts
Repression in Ireland and Scotland
The Colonial Empire
Agrarian and Industrial Revolution
John Locke

Augustan Literature

Addison and Steele
The Rise of the Nobel

The Rise of the Novel
Daniel Defoe: “Robinson Crusoe”

“Moll Flanders”
Samuel Richardson: “Pamela”
Henry Fielding: “Tom Jones”, “Shamela”
Alexander Pope: Augustian Satire, “The Rape of the Lock”
Jonathan Swift: “Gulliver’s Travels”: structure, language
The Royal Society
Samuel Johnson
Lawrence Sterne

The Age of Reform
Crisis of Emlightment

Pastoral and pre-romantic poetry
New-Gothicism in the novel
Robert Burns
William Blake: Vision and History, Blake’s Complexity, “Songs of innocence and Songs of Experience”
Blake and Art of printing

“London”, “The Lamb”, “The Tyger”

The nineteenth century
The Napoleonic Wars

Industrial revolution
Jane Austen: “Pride and prejudice”
Mary Shelley: “Frankenstein”
Romantic poetry

The first romantic generation
Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“Lyrical Ballads”
Wordsworth’s poetry: “The solitary reaper”

Coleridge’s poetry: “the rime of the ancient mariner”

The second romantic generation
Lord Byron: The romantic Hero

Byron’s poetry: from romantic to Burlesque
“Don Juan”
Percy Bysshe Shelley: Ode to the west wind
John Keats: Negative capability “Ode to a Grecian Urn”
“La belle dame sans merci”: a ballad
“Femme fatale”

The Victorian age

Trade Unions
The Corn Law
Utilitarianism and Darwinism
The great exhibition

The working class
England and the Italian Risorgimento
British imperialism
The British Empire
The Boer war
Victorian culture
Charles Dickens: “David Copperfield”
The Broute Sisters
Victorian Poetry
The pre-Raphaelites
Thomas Hardy

The Aesthetic Movement
Oscar Wilde

Dandyism and the Fin de SiËcle
Wilde’s art: Dorian Gray

Psychological narrative
Robert Louis Stevenson: “Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde”

Colonialism; Exoticism
Joseph Courad “Heart of darkness”


The Twentieth century
Edwardian age

George Bernard Shaw

The Great War (First World War)
War poetry
From Empire to Commonwealth
Thomas Sterne Eliot

The Modernism Novel
James Joyce: “Dubliners”

Virginia Woolf; Feminism

“To the lighthouse”

The thirties
George Ornwell: 1984
Aldous Huxley: “Brave new World”

American Writers

John Faute

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