Literary Terms: A Practical Glossary / Edition 1

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Literary Terms: A Practical Glossary draws on recent developments in literary theory and emphasizes the role of reading practices in the reproduction of literary meanings. As well as introducing new terminology relevant to this emphasis, the glossary reviews many traditional terms, such as style and theme, in the context of contemporary approaches to the study of literature. Unlike other glossaries, it includes brief activities to help students develop a working knowledge of the concepts.

With examples drawn from classic literary sources as well as from popular books, films, and television shows, Literary Terms is an excellent resource for high school teachers interested in strengthening their own as well as their students' appreciation and understanding of the complexities of literary study.

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A resource for both high school teachers and their students, designed to increase understanding of terms associated with new theories, as well as traditional terms in the context of these new understandings. Special emphasis is placed on the role of reading practices in the production of literary meanings. Each entry is structured as a mini- lesson. Terms are not only explained in theory, but also demonstrated through brief activities using familiar text extracts, puzzles, and problems. Moon has worked as a secondary teacher and university lecturer in the areas of English, literature, and media studies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814130087
  • Publisher: National Council of Teachers of Englsh
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Chalkface Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 177

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xii
Preface xiii
Author 1
Authorization 2
Binary Opposition 4
Character 9
Class 15
Code 19
Character Code 20
Suspense Code 20
Plot Code 21
Structural Code 21
Cultural Code 21
Communication 24
Context 28
Conventions 33
Reading Convention 34
Textual Convention 34
Criticism 36
Culture and Nature 39
Naturalization 40
Deconstruction 42
Denotation and Connotation 46
Discourse 50
Dominant Discourse 51
Alternative Discourse 51
Oppositional Discourse 51
English Criticism 53
Feminist Criticism 57
Patriarchy 57
Figurative Language 61
Simile 62
Metaphor 62
Metonym 62
Personification 62
Symbol 62
Foregrounding and Privileging 66
Gaps and Silences 70
Gender 74
Genre 78
Identification 82
Ideology 85
Imagery 88
Intertextuality 92
Allusion 93
Literature 96
Marxist Criticism 100
Narrative 103
Story 104
Plot 104
Omniscient Narrator 104
Limited Narrator 104
New Criticism 106
Point of View 110
Narrator 111
Third-Person Point of View 111
First-Person Point of View 111
Polysemy 114
Poststructuralism 118
Institution 119
Power 122
Hegemony 123
Psychoanalytic Criticism 126
Mirroring 127
Race 130
Reading Practices 134
Resistant Reading Practice 135
Readings 138
Preferred Reading 139
Resistant Reading 139
Alternative Reading 139
Representation 142
Stereotypes 143
Semiotics 146
Structuralism 150
Style 155
Diction 156
Rhetorical Devices 156
Sentence Organization 156
Syntax 156
Text 160
Closed Text 161
Open Text 161
Theme 166
Motif 167
Writing and Speech 170
Index 174
About the Author 177
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