Thursday, July 30, 2009

1833 - 1835: "In Memoriam" to "Berenice"

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Tennyson. British. 1833/50. Poetry. “In Memoriam.” In addition to an elegy for Hallam, Themes include the decline of faith, rise of skepticism and scientific materialism.

Wm. Gilmore Simms. American. 1835. Novel. The Yemassee. Conflict between South Carolina Yemassee Indians and British in 1715. Son betrays tribe and is killed by his mother. Helplessness of Indians as they lose their lands to advancing white civilization.

Nikolay Golgol. Russian. 1835. Novel. Taras Bulba. Seventeenth-century wars between Poles and Cossacks in the Ukraine. Russian son falls I love with a Pole and deserts; killed by father. Other son and the father are killed by the Poles.

Angel Saavedra Rivas. Spanish. 1835. Play. Don Alvaro o la fuerta del sino. Alvaro accidentally kills father of girl he loves and her two brothers. Before he dies, one brother kills the girl. Alvaro commits suicide.

Edgar Allan Poe. American. 1835. Story. “Berenice.” Love for epileptic cousin. Has her teeth drawn when she is presumed dead. She comes to life.

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