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English Literature

Literary Periods and Genres

The following are lists of useful resources on different literary periods and eras. Most of these titles are electronic books available through the Lakehead Library.

The Library has a large number of the Cambridge Companion titles, which cover these areas below and many others. If you search the OMNI system for the phrase "cambridge companion", and limit your search to books, you will find various titles such as: The Cambridge Companion to Prose; The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction.

Renaissance: 1400's-1600's

Enlightenment: 1650- 1800

Romanticism: 1798 – 1870

Realism/Naturalism: 1850-1914

Victorian Period: 1832- 1901

Modernism: 1870's – 1965

Post-Modernism: 1965- Present