British Literature

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British Literature Idealist conception of literature – literature is inspired by god or a muse and expresses the genius of the author. The value is seen as universally recognizable, and is eternal. The process of literary creation is mysterious. Historical – Literature reflects social reality Literature helps to produce social reality Literature is an integral part of the national culture Literature is taught in schools Historicizing Modernity Pre modern before 1500 ancient, classical, medieval Modern 1500 – 1950 nation states emerge, people form national identities Postmodern – 1950 – now Knowledge system of these periods Medieval Europe – platonic philosophy which influenced Christian thought and absolute truth Plato’s ideal forms = god’s truth Roman Catholic Theism Thomas Aquinas Modernity Rationalism and Decarte Scientific experiment - Sir Francis Bacon Enlightenment, Universalism - human consiousness is a product of human effort. Essence of a human is the same thru different cultures. Quantification and statistical knowledge. This knowledge gives us control over humans Post Modernity Knowledge has a social material basis Knowledge is situated, who you are and who you interact with depends on your circumstances
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Political systems Medieval Europe –Feudalism Confederations of strong Aristrocrats with relatively weak kings Parallel Secular/clerical Feudal organization Modernity Rise of the nation state Centralized government Divine Right Monarchy Bourgeois Republics, English captured and killed their king Totalitarian Dictators Postmodernity Decline of Nation-State? Privatization of Public Resources and functions Supra – national Quasi Governmental organizations Individual and Society Medieval Europe Rigid Hierachy, always a peasant Feudal Obligations, fighting for your lord, working his land Communal – large community, no individualism Extended Family Modernity Citizenship Humanist individualism Nuclear family Self – Reliance and individualism Alienation from being individual Postmodernity Identity as Life-Style Identity Politics Consumer subject, you can buy your lifestyle, and identity Fragmented Family Cyborg Consciousness Historicizing Britain Universalism – all humans, no matter when or where have basic human qualities, a sameness, people tend to project their culture, onto ancient people and see it differently, from their point of view.
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British or Britain is derived from European people called Celts or Bretons who inhabited British Isle. Celts invade the British Isles and settled there in the 4 th century BC They spoke a language that is related to modern Welch and Irish. The British Isles were invaded again, by the Romans, around the time of Christ Britain was part of the Roman Empire, but Romans didn’t settle there. The British Isles were invaded again, in the 5
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course ENG 110 taught by Professor Shusanavaygan during the Spring '08 term at Illinois State.

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