(Answered) HUMN303N Week 4 Discussion: Literary Movements

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 7, 8
  • Lesson
  • Minimum of 1 scholarly source (in addition to the textbook – for historical/political influences)

Initial Post Instructions
Choose one of the literary movements that you read about this week and at least one work from that movement. Movements, authors, and famous works are discussed in the lesson as well. You do not have to choose authors or works discussed in the lesson, but you may. For your initial post, address one of the following:

Option 1: Examine the movement and specific work in relation to historical and political influences of the movement. Include a one paragraph summary of the plot before moving on to the examination of the work in relation to the movement.

Option 2: Examine a specific artwork influenced by a literary work and how the artist captured the subject or story. Here are a few examples, but you are not restricted to this list:

  • Asher B. Durand’s Thanatopsis (influenced by William Cullen Bryant’s “Thanatopsis”)
  • John William Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott (influenced by Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott”)
  • Sir John Everett Millais’s Ophelia (influenced by Shakespeare’s Ophelia from Hamlet)
  • Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne or The Rape of Prosperina (influenced by ancient myths)
  • Ancient Greek vase painting (influenced by various ancient myths)

Follow-Up Post Instructions
Respond to at least one peer. Respond to one peer who chose an option different from yours. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification.

Writing Requirements

  • Minimum of 2 posts (1 initial & 1 follow-up)
  • Minimum of 2 sources cited (assigned readings/online lessons and an outside source)
  • APA format for in-text citations and list of references


Literary periods according to Jacobus and Martin (2019) are spans of time for literature that shares intellectual, linguistic, religious, and artistic influences. For this week’s discussion, I chose to look at Sir John Everett Millais’s painting of Ophelia that was influenced by Shakespeare’s character Ophelia from his play Hamlet. Shakespeare was part of the Late Renaissance period. This age was known by substantial fortune and public strength and that everything could turn awful quickly (Jacobus & Martin, 2019). Hamlet is Shakespeare’s longest play. During Act 4 Scene 7, Ophelia learns of her father’s death and goes to a nearby river and drowns. Gertrude from the play tells Laertes, Ophelia’s brother that she fell into the river while picking flowers and slowly drowned, singing all the…Please click the icon below to purchase the full answer at only $5.