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British Literature: 20th Century
British Literature in the 20th century witnessed the Edwardian period, Modernism, and Postmodernism. The Edwardian period lasted from Queen Victoria's death in 1901 until the start of World War I in 1914, a transitional period that pushed back at conservative values. Modernism emerged in response to the World Wars, a time of confusion and discovery. This literary text set includes pre-independence Irish authors.
British Literature: The Victorian Era
The Victorian Era of British Literature lasted through Queen Victoria's reign, from 1837 to 1901, and focused on themes related to industrialization and progress in the 19th century. It was preceded by British Romanticism and followed by the Edwardian period.
Romanticism swept Europe and the British Empire in the late 1700s. It ended in England with the Victorian Era in 1837, though its influence was felt until 1850. It focused on nature, awe, and the sublime, and was a precursor to American Romanticism, Naturalism, and Transcendentalism.