Timeline of Selected Events

Use the below chronology of significant social and scientific events to get a sense of the historical context in which the literary works we're studying were written and read. How much of what is listed would you be able to guess based solely on the literary texts of the period? What additional meanings and significances can you find in literary texts when you consider them in light of events occurring when they were first published? How were original significances of specific texts likely to have been changed by subsequent events and why? How much do you think the events shaped literature, and how much do you think literature shaped the events? (Consulted Works)

  • 1860
  • 1870
  • 1880
  • 1890
  • 1900
  • 1910