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12 Literary Periods till now

Literature is not just a form of study, but a way of life.
"Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become." - C S Lewis

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Medieval Literature

Medieval Literature

Anna Comnena, Alexiad, Beowulf, and many other anonymous writers who reigned the age, which lasted from about 500 to 1500.

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Renaissance Literature

Renaissance Literature

Boccaccio, Dante, Machiavelli, and Petrarch were a part of Renaissance Literature. This age last from 14th century to 17th century.

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The Enlightenment Period

The Enlightenment Period

Samuel Johnson, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Jonathan Swift, Mary Wollstonecraft, andVoltaire were a few famous writers of this age. This age was from 1650s to 1776.

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Romantic Period

Romantic Period

From 1800 to 1850, this period saw writers like Jane Austen, Leigh Hunt, Coleridge, William Blake, Mary Shelley, P B Shelley, John Keats, Byron, and a lot more.

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Transcendentalism

Transcendentalism

This genre started around 19th century during the 1820s. A few writers are - Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Margaret Fuller.

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Victorian Literature

Victorian Literature

This genre saw its rise in 19th century. A few writers of this period are - Charles Dickens, William Thackeray, George Eliot, and Thomas Hardy.

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Realism

Realism

This genre came to the fore during the mid 19th century and lasted for almost half a century. Writers are Gustave Flaubert, and Madame Bovary among others.

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Naturalism

Naturalism

Edith Wharton, Frank Norris, and Stephen Crane are a few writers of this era which lasted from 1870 to about 1920.

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Modernism

Modernism

W B Yeats, T S ELiot, Franz Kafka, Ernest Hemmingway, and William Faulkner are a few major writers of this time.

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Bloomsbury Group

Bloomsbury Group

E M Forster and Lyton Strachey are major literary figures of this age. The time frame of this period is 1900 to 1965.

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Existentialism

Existentialism

Erza Pound, Abert Camus, Samuel Beckett, and Jean Paul Sartre are a few existentialist writers. This period started from 1850s and is prevalent even now.

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Beat Generation

Beat Generation

Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and a few other writers are very prominent. This genre lasted from 1940s to about 1960s.