World Literature Timeline

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Last updated: May 5, 2019
Beginnings-100 CE Ancient World Literature
The Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer’s Illiad, Sophocle’s “Oedipus Rex”, Virgil’s “The Aeneid”, Plato’s Republic, Hebrew scriptures, teachings of Confucius, Buddhist texts, creation myths,

100 CE – 1650 Medieval and Early Modern World
The New Testament of the BibleThe Qu’ranDante’s InfernoThe Song of RolandMonk’s writings from CrusadesPetrarch’s “Canzoniere”Machiavelli’s “The Prince”Martin Luthur’s Speech at the Diet of the Wormsde Cervante’s “Don Quixote”

1650 – 1800
Equino’s “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah (Africa)”Decartes’s “Discourse on Method” (France)Voltaire’s “Candide (France)Swift “Gulliver’s Travels”Basho’s “The Narrow Road of the Interior” (Japan)Celebi’s “The Book of Travels (Istanbul)Moliere’s “Tartuffe” (France)

19th Century
Rousseau’s “Confessions” (France)Goethe’s “Faust” (German)Hugo’s “Odes and Ballads” (France)Dostoevsky’s “Notes from Underground” and “Crime and Punishment” (Russia)Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” and “Anna Karenina” (Russia)Chekov’s “The Cherry Orchard” (Russia)

20th Century
Tagore’s “Punishment” and “Gitanjall” (India)Ichiyo’s “Child’s Play” (Japan)Strindberg’s “The Ghost Sonata” (Sweden)Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” (Germany)Xun’s “Diary of a Madman” (China)Neruda’s “Residence on Earth” (Chile)Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart” (Africa)Marquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude” (Columbia)Heany’s “North” (Ireland)

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