11 Answered Questions for the topic history of literature
Stories From the Year Without a Summer?
I have seen the story many times: Percy and Mary Shelley (not yet wed) paid an a visit to Lord Byron in 1816. Attributed now to the eruption at Mount Tambora, this year was unseasonably cool.... more
When did people begin to regard Gulliver's Travels as a children's book?
Jonathan Swift published [*Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of several... more
Does literary theory have a technical term for a writer publishing the first version of one of their works in a foreign language?
Does literary theory know a **technical term** for the following:> An accomplished writer intentionally publishes the first version of one of their texts *in a language which they neither know... more
Predecessors/Inspirations of Scheinriesen (Illusionary Giants)?
A "Scheinriese" (illusory giant), most notably Mr. Tur-Tur from Michael Ende's *Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver*, is a being which when seen from a distance appears to be a giant,... more
Is there really a single "Old Babylonian version" of the Epic of Gilgamesh?
From the [Wikipedia article](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epic_of_Gilgamesh) about the Epic of Gilgamesh:> From the diverse sources found, two main versions of the epic have been partially... more
How did the story of Robin Hood pass from oral literature to written?
Robin Hood is a famous figure of English folklore, whose existence or fictionality is still a subject of debate. The stories about him started off as folk tales transmitted orally (ballads), but by... more
Was Twain the first author to write of Zombies?
Although the word is not used, Twain's zany novel of title-frenzy and mad-scientist capitalistic schemes *The American Claimant* (sequel to *The Gilded Age*) describes the intent by the... more
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What was the first novel written in the present tense?
Although many novels are still written in the past tense, it seems that many other novels nowadays are written in the present tense. When did this begin?**What was the first novel written primarily... more
Was J.R.R. Tolkien building on a past tradition when relying heavily on languages he made up?
It is a uncontested and well known fact that Tolkien was a linguist, and he wrote Middle-Earth as a setting for his languages.However, what interests me is whether the approach he took was out of... more
Where was the first English playhouse outside London built?
When reading about English Renaissance theatre, discussions centre on authors, theatre companies and theatre buildings in and around London. For example, the first English playhouses were the [Red... more