Monday, August 17, 2009

1844: Don Juan Tenorio to "Lady Geraldine's Courtship."

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Jose Zorilla y Moral. Spanish. 1844. Verse Drama. Don Juan Tenorio. Falls in love with the virtuous Doña Ines, repents, and is saved by her prayers.

Alexandre Dumas. French. 1844. Novel. The Count of Monte Cristo. False political charge condemns Dantes to life imprisonment. Escapes. Revenges himself.

Alexandre Dumas. French. 1844. Novel. The Three Musketeers. French history from 1624-1665. Narrow escapes and amazing exploits of four friends.

Friedrich Hebbel. German. 1844. Play. Maria Magdalena. Great drama produced at moments in history when old order and new are in conflict. Theory. Influenced by Hegel. Pregnant, web of conflicting motives and obligations, fear of social reproach, suicide. Father’s final comment: “I don’t understand this world anymore.”

Elizabeth Barrett Browning. British. 1844. Poetry. “Lady Geraldine’s Courtship.” Lady falls in love with a peasant poet, whom she marries. This poem led to her meeting Robert Browning.

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