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Developed by Shepherd's Department of English faculty

The Shepherd University Department of English faculty have developed outlines of key literary periods. These are primarily for the use of students in Shepherd's Department of English, but any individual is welcome to access these documents.

These documents are available in Microsoft Word format, which means that you must download them on a computer that also has Microsoft Word 97 or higher. To download, simply click on the hyperlinked text. If your computer is properly configured, a Microsoft Word window should open up, giving you the document in a file that you can read from the screen, print, or save to another file.

Classical Literature (Dr. Carter)
Middle English Literature (Dr. Ellzey)
Renaissance Literature (Dr. Lewin and Dr. Ellzey)
Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature (Dr. Shurbutt and Dr. Austin)
Romantic Literature (Dr. Shurbutt)
Victorian Literature (Dr. Shurbutt)
American Literature, 17th, 18th, and 19th Centuries (Dr. Carter)
American Literature, 1865-1920 (Dr. Tate)
Modern Literature, 1914-1945 (Dr. Dwyer)
Contemporary Literature, 1945-Present (Dr. Tate)


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