Prompt: a historical line

In lieu of commonplacing, write a blog entry responding to the following prompt by Sunday at 5 p.m.

Write an entry with short notations (a few words) about four works we have read in relation to a single specific theme, device, problem, or pattern. Note the dates of the works as well. Then write at least three sentences about the literary-historical trajectory you see: continuity? sudden change? gradual evolution? opposing tendencies? A useful historical line is specific and supported by evidence. Remember that what we have been reading is only the merest sampling of an enormous, and enormously varied, literary production in English-language fiction.

Print out the text of your entry to bring to class for discussion.