Friday, May 15, 2009

1600 to 1699: The Man of Mode.... to Pilgrim's Progress

Chronology of World, British and American Literature.

Sir George Etherege. British. 1676. Play. The Man of Mode, or Sir Fopling Flutter. Personification of dandyism. Based on real people. Loving “up” the social ladder to parity.

Racine. French. 1677. Play. Phedre. Hippolyte repulses Phedre’s advances. Theseus has him destroyed, not knowing he is innocent.

Dryden. British. 1678. Play. All for Love, or The World Well Lost. Blank verse. Classical unities. Last day of Antony, Cleopatra and others who vie for the soul of Antony.

Comtesse de la Fayette. French. 1678. Novel. La Princesse de Cleves. Princess struggles to remain faithful to her husband. Reveals her passion for another to him. He dies of bitterness. Precursor of the psychological novel.

John Bunyan. British. 1678/84. Religion. Pilgrim’s Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come. Christian flees the City of Destruction and sets out for the Celestial City beyond the wicket gate.

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