Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory

Overview

With new entries and sensitive edits, this fifth edition places J.A. Cuddon’s indispensable dictionary firmly in the 21st Century.

  • Written in a clear and highly readable style
  • Comprehensive historical coverage extending from ancient times to the present day
  • Broad intellectual and cultural range
  • Expands on the previous edition to incorporate...
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Overview

With new entries and sensitive edits, this fifth edition places J.A. Cuddon’s indispensable dictionary firmly in the 21st Century.

  • Written in a clear and highly readable style
  • Comprehensive historical coverage extending from ancient times to the present day
  • Broad intellectual and cultural range
  • Expands on the previous edition to incorporate the most recent literary terminology
  • New material is particularly focused in areas such as gender studies and queer theory, post-colonial theory, post-structuralism, post-modernism, narrative theory, and cultural studies.
  • Existing entries have been edited to ensure that topics receive balanced treatment

Beat poets, black comedy, desert island fiction and vorticism are among the more than 2000 terms included.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-levelundergraduate students in English and comparative literatures;general readers.”  (Choice, 1 August 2013)
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“Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduate students in English and comparative literatures; general readers.” (Choice, 1 August 2013)
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444333275
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/4/2013
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 808
  • Sales rank: 1,049,009
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.80 (d)

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, RutgersUniversity, Camden. His books include the highly acclaimed AHistory of Literary Criticism: From Plato to the Present(Blackwell, 2005), Modern Literary Criticism and Theory: AHistory (2008), Literary Criticism from Plato to thePresent: An Introduction (2011), and the Cambridge Historyof Literary Criticism: Vol. VI: the Nineteenth Century (ed.,2012).

Associate Editors

Matthew Birchwood, Senior Lecturer in English Literature atKingston University, London

Vedrana Velickovic, Lecturer in English Literature at theUniversity of Brighton

Martin Dines, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at KingstonUniversity, London

Shanyn Fiske, Associate Professor of English at RutgersUniversity, Camden.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Fifth Edition by M. A. R. Habib vi

Preface to the Fourth Edition by C. E. Preston viii

Preface to the Third Edition by J. A. Cuddon x

Acknowledgements xvi

List of Abbreviations xvii

A-Z of Entries 1-784

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