The Victorian Period, (1832-1901) began in England with the crowning of Queen Victoria. During this time, British citizens experienced peace, prosperity, and self-confidence. Literature in this time period discussed things such as the role of a woman and “the condition of England” (industrialization).
The authors were: Charles Dickens (Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Great Expectations), William Makepeace Thackeray (Vanity Fair), Charles Bronte (Jane Eyre), George Eliot (Adam Bede).
The Modernism Period, (1901-1950_ began with the creation of more modern, industrialized cities, and the horrors of World War I. Authors of this time period wrote in different writing styles and chose to discuss about topics that were considered to be taboo. Imagist poetry became popular, and its direct and unrhymed style were chosen over the poetry of the previous period.
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The authors were: James Joyce (Ulysses), Virginia Woolf (Mrs. Dalloway), W. B. Yeats (Sailing to Byzantium), Samuel Beckett (Molloy).
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The Post Modernism Period (1950-Present) was a time where the ideals of the Modernism Period were questioned and rejected. Expression of notions such as morality, human nature, and social progress became popular. Authors of this time were very descriptive and used irony to discuss depressing topics such as paranoia.
The authors were: John Fowles (The Magus), Brigid Brophy (The Snow Ball), Alan Sillitoe (The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner), John Wain (Hurry on Down).
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