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A Dictionary of Literary and Thematic Terms (Facts on File Series)
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A Dictionary of Literary and Thematic Terms (Facts on File Series)

by Edward Quinn
 

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In clear, succinct, non-technical language, A Dictionary of Literary and Thematic Terms expands upon the definition of "literary." It is the first book of its kind to give readers not only a traditional literary vocabulary, but also the related theoretical, historical, and cultural terms. Essays on major literary themes include the artist/hero, the body,

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In clear, succinct, non-technical language, A Dictionary of Literary and Thematic Terms expands upon the definition of "literary." It is the first book of its kind to give readers not only a traditional literary vocabulary, but also the related theoretical, historical, and cultural terms. Essays on major literary themes include the artist/hero, the body, nihilism, evil, politics, love, war, existentialism, class, death, desire, and more. Also featured are themes of particular significance for our age, such as AIDS, alienation, and anti-Semitism. The most up-to-date information in the field is provided, including newly created definitions and examples of standard literary and related terms, like meter, antagonist, and New Criticism.

Edward is a professor of English (emeritus) at the City College of New York. He holds a Ph.D. from New York University and has co-edited several major reference works, including the classic The Reader's Encyclopedia of Shakespeare. Mr. Quinn lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Employing an expanded use of the word "literary," this volume includes social, theoretical, and historical terms as they relate to literature, film, television, and others forms of popular culture. In addition to the many expected terms (iamb, onomatopoeia), entries on places (Abbey Theatre), philosophical principles (the Absolute), movements (futurism), and discussions on major themes such as love and jealousy are also covered. Most of the clear, concise entries offer excellent examples of written and cinematic works that further clarify the definitions and/or titles of resources that provide additional commentary on the topics. While there is no pronunciation key for the foreign words and expressions, this valuable resource is more accessible and broader in approach than other literary dictionaries.-J. B. MacDonald, Milner Library, Illinois State University, Normal Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Booknews
A dictionary of some 850 literary terms and themes, with definitions in clear, nontechnical language and essays on major themes. Gives students and general readers not only a traditional literary vocabulary but also the knowledge of related theoretical, historical, and cultural terms they need in the interdisciplinary world of contemporary literary studies. Entries reflect literature as it is taught and experienced today, with flexible boundaries between high and popular culture and literary and non-literary vocabulary. The author is a professor of English at City College of New York. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Library Journal School
This valuable resource is more accessible and broader in approach than other literary dictionaries. (May 1, 2000)
VOYA
. . .The writing is lively and interesting. . . . This dictionary is very accessible, written to answer most questions more than adequately. The format makes it especially handy, guaranteeing plenty of use for research, but readers in love with language will enjoy browsing it just for fun.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816032327
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Series:
Facts on File Series
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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