A Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory

A Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory

by C. E. Preston, J. A. Cuddon
     
 

The fourth edition of J.A. Cuddon's classic dictionary has been thoroughly revised and updated to maintain it as the most comprehensive and accessible work of its kind currently available, for students, teachers and general readers alike. Expanded to include many new entries, it has been improved throughout, in places rendered more concise, in others amended and

Overview

The fourth edition of J.A. Cuddon's classic dictionary has been thoroughly revised and updated to maintain it as the most comprehensive and accessible work of its kind currently available, for students, teachers and general readers alike. Expanded to include many new entries, it has been improved throughout, in places rendered more concise, in others amended and extended, with both major and minor additions. The work of the third edition, to cover the schools and various terminologies of literary theory is continued, without compromising coverage afforded to more traditional critical terms and topics.

At this untimely death in 1996, Charles Cuddon, as he was known, had completed much of the revisory and updating work involved in preparing the edition. That work and other unfinished plans and outlines have since been overseen and developed by C.E. Preston of Sidney Sussex college, Cambridge, helped, as she acknowledges, by several of her academic colleagues. Among the entries extensively rewritten or newly contributed are:

* "CrimeFiction",

* "Dramatic Monologue",

* "Ellipsis",

* "Punctuation",

* "Rhyme",

* "Verse Novel", and

* "Sonnet Cycle".

After more than twenty years in print, Cuddon's Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory remains "a superlative work of reference that will be read for pleasure", just as it was acclaimed to be when first published in 1976. There is now no better memorial to its author's extraordinary polymathy and literary scholarship.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
**** The 1979 edition is cited in Sheehy and BCL3 under the title A dictionary of literary terms--the truncated title still used in the CIP citation. The new edition has been expanded to encompass literary theory and critical movements, and many of the 2,000 terms originally defined have completely revised entries. The definitions range in length from one sentence to several pages and are thoroughly cross-referenced. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
“Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduate students in English and comparative literatures; general readers.”  (Choice, 1 August 2013)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631202714
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/28/1998
Series:
Language Library Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
1024
Product dimensions:
7.87(w) x 9.84(h) x 0.59(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“In an age of fast googling, this will remain an indispensable tool for students..."—Jean-Michel Rabaté, University of Pennsylvania

"This dictionary has been a standard resource for years, but this new edition, with a new editor, provides a timely remake, with strategic nipping and tucking of  previous entries and adding a good many new entries that keep pace with all that's happened in literary study over the past three decades. The best single source of terms old and new. "—Jeffrey J Williams, Carnegie Mellon University

Meet the Author

Author

J. A. Cuddon was a renowned academic, essayist, novelist, playwright, and travel writer.  He died in March 1996.

Editor

M. A. R. Habib, Professor of English, Rutgers University, Camden. His books include the highly acclaimed A History of Literary Criticism: From Plato to the Present (Blackwell, 2005), Modern Literary Criticism and Theory: A History (2008), Literary Criticism from Plato to the Present: An Introduction (2011), and the Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Vol. VI: the Nineteenth Century (ed., 2012).

Associate Editors

Matthew Birchwood, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Kingston University, London

Vedrana Velickovic, Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Brighton

Martin Dines, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Kingston University, London

Shanyn Fiske, Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University, Camden.

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