A Dictionary of Literary And Thematic Terms by Edward Quinn

By Edward Quinn

In transparent, non-technical language, this dictionary of greater than 1,000 literary phrases and topics takes an improved view of the time period "literary." This e-book offers readers not just a conventional literary vocabulary, but additionally the data of comparable theoretical, historic, and cultural phrases they wish within the interdisciplinary international of latest literary reports. New entries comprise: conventional literary phrases and topics, reminiscent of individualism, skepticism, and the Odysseus/Ulysses subject matter; literary issues that experience develop into more and more renowned in recent times, corresponding to terrorism and legal literature; and matters perennially renowned between writers, similar to alcoholism, baseball, and vampirism. gains comprise: clean definitions and examples of normal literary and comparable phrases akin to meter, antagonist, and New feedback; essays on significant issues in literature equivalent to evil, energy, love, dying, time, and extra; phrases on the topic of multicultural and feminist literature; significant modern theoretical phrases, with transparent definitions and examples; tradition phrases from movie, tv, psychology, historical past, and different fields concerning literature; references for extra analyzing; and large cross-references

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Autobiography The story of a person’s life written by him- or herself. Autobiographical writing embraces a number of forms including MEMOIRS, DIARIES, and LETTERS, but the form proper usually involves the interaction of character and external event over a substantial span of a person’s life. 43 AUTO SACRAMENTAL The model of future autobiographies is the Confessions of Saint Augustine (c. D. 400), a passionate and intellectually powerful account of his life, culminating in his conversion to Christianity.

Michel Foucault’s treatment of the archive is developed in his Archaeology of Knowledge (1972). argument In RHETORIC, the line of reasoning designed to demonstrate the truth or falsity of a particular position; in literature, a brief summary of the plot or subject matter of a narrative or play, such as the Argument preceding Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798). Aristotelian criticism A type of criticism deriving from Aristotle’s Poetics, probably the most influential analysis of literature ever recorded.

Here is the description of the anti-hero of E. Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News (1993): . . failure to speak clearly; failure to sit up straight; failure to get up in the morning; failure in attitude; failure in ambition and ability; indeed in everything. His own failure. ) The modern prototype (he even uses the term anti-hero to describe himself) is the anonymous, first-person narrator of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground (1864). Locked in his room, the underground man records his rage and humiliation as he rails against the prevailing belief in human reason and scientific progress.

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