Thursday, May 21, 2009

1600 to 1699: Athalie to Telemaque

Chronology of World, British and American Literature.

Racine. French. 1691. Play. Athalie. Based on the story of 2Kings11. Athalie kills 42 princes to gain the throne of Judah. She missed Joash, a fatal mistake.

William Congreve. British. 1695. Play. Love for Love. Relinquishes his inheritance to his brother if his father will pay his debts. Attempts to regain the inheritance with the help of Angelica.

Charles Perrault. French. 1697. Tales. Contes de ma mere ll’oye (Mother Goose Tales.). Gave stories form in which they are known today. Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding-Hood, Puss-in-Boots, Cinderella, Tom Thumb and Bluebeard.

Francois Fenelon. French. 1699. Romance. Telemaque. Pretext for dissertation on politics, morals, education and religion. Prototype of religious and political tract disguised as a novel.

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