1. The history of eighteenth-century literature was first composed by the Romantics, who prized "originality" and "individuality." For examples of Romantic poetry, see Childe Harold's Pilgrimage by George Gordon, Lord Byron, and Prometheus Unbound by Percy Bysshe Shelley, covered in "The Romantic Period" (see NAEL 8, 2.617-35 and 775-815, respectively).
  2. Olaudah Equiano's The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vasso, the African, Written by Himself presents an early view of the effects of the British slave trade on Africa. For a view of the legacies of the slave trade and colonization, see Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, covered in "The Twentieth Century" (see NAEL 8, 2.2624–2709).
  3. The writings of female authors, such as Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and Frances Burney, investigate from a female perspective the gap between the self as it appears to us in introspection and the identity that others fasten to us. These writings anticipate the more political stance of Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, covered in "The Romantic Period" (see NAEL 8, 2.170-195), but they also draw parallels to the much earlier Book of Margery Kempe, covered in "The Middle Ages" (see NAEL 8, 1.384-97).
  4. Aphra Behn's Oroonoko escapes classification as fact or fiction, history or romance, continuing a tradition in English literature that includes Sir Thomas Malory's Morte Darthur, covered in "The Middle Ages" (see NAEL 8, 1.439-56).
  5. The “Village” poems of Crabbe and Goldsmith address the perennial theme of rural poverty.  For a medieval view of the same problem, see William Langland’s Piers Plowman, Passus 6 (NAEL 8, 1.343-50).  In “The Romantic Period,” Shelley would take a more radical view of the question in his poem “Men of England” (see NAEL 8, 2.770).

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