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Literature in English

English Literature Timeline

Early & Middle English

Key literary periods & movements:

  • Old English
  • Middle English

15th & 16th Century

Key literary periods & movements:

  • English Renaissance
  • Elizabethan era

17th & 18th Century

Key literary periods & movements:

  • Jacobean era
  • Restoration
  • Augustan
  • Romantic movement
  • Enlightenment
  • Gothic movement

19th Century

Key literary periods & movements:

  • Romantic period
  • Victorian era
  • Literary realism
  • Pre-Raphaelites

20th & 21st Century

Key literary periods & movements:

  • Modernism
  • Post-modernism
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • Surrealism
  • Beat movement
  • Post-colonialism