Friday, May 12, 2006

British Literature Timeline

Here is the podcast of the British Literature Timeline for British Literature I.


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The Renaissance

When I think of the Renaissance I think of uncomfortable clothes and big hair on the one side and suffering artists on the other, truly the Hollywood version. In fact for one of the shortest time periods on our timeline change is rapid and huge. The invention of the printing press made information available to the masses, similar to the invention of the internet information had the ability to make individual ideas into big ideas. Humanism is reborn and man is considered a reflection of god. Man is responsible for becoming the best representation of god that
he can be.
It seems the people of the Renaissance promoted the “rebirth” as a way to distance them from what they coined as the Middle Ages, those dark and dreary times just prior to 1300 (Daniels & Hyslop, 2005, p.161). The Renaissance was a self fulfilling prophecy which led to some of the greatest ideas of our time. Educating women became a regular practice in the upper classes. Plastic surgery was invented when Gaspare Tagliacozzi (1545-1599) repaired a patient’s nose, damaged from a bad case of syphilis with skin from his arm (Haugen, 2001, p.214) Penicillin and condoms come later. Copernicus discovers it is the sun, not the earth that is the center of the universe. Financed by the Medici family Leonardo DaVinci is the poster child of the “Renaissance Man” he is handsome, well paid and a vegetarian. DaVinci imagines a flying machine, creates the Vitruvian man and paints The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa all between 1452 and 1519. Michelangelo’s David depicts the most beautiful example of the male form only recently replaced by the guy on the Abercrombie bags. Machiavelli writes “the Prince” and the church accepts humanism as acceptable, arguing “a virtuous rich man could enhance society with patronage of buildings and the arts and make life more comfortable for the poor” (Daniels & Hyslop, 2005, p.167). In 1564 William Shakespeare is born and writes theater for the masses until his death in1616.
And there you have it, the Renaissance in two-three paragraphs.

Daniels, P., & Hyslop, S. (2005). The Renaissance. In (Ed.), Almanac of World History (pp. 162-168). Washington D.C.: National Geographic.
Haugen, P. (2001). World History for Dummies. Hoboken N.J.: Wiley Publishing.

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