The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms

by Chris Baldick, Baldick
     
 

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This dictionary provides succinct and often witty explanations of over one thousand potentially troublesome terms encountered in the study of literature, from 'absurd' to 'zeugma', from the ancient 'dithyramb' to the contemporary 'dub poetry', from the popular 'bodiceripper' to the aristocratic 'masque'. Adjectival forms and other derived words are displayed, and…  See more details below

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This dictionary provides succinct and often witty explanations of over one thousand potentially troublesome terms encountered in the study of literature, from 'absurd' to 'zeugma', from the ancient 'dithyramb' to the contemporary 'dub poetry', from the popular 'bodiceripper' to the aristocratic 'masque'. Adjectival forms and other derived words are displayed, and simple pronunciation guides are given for over two hundred difficult terms, making this thoroughly cross-referenced dictionary the most helpful of its kind for all readers of literature.

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"Good coverage from the classical to the contemporary."--David G. Hale, State University of New York at Brockport

"Clearly and concisely written. It is the most up-to-date and comprehensive of such 'concise' handbooks."--Robert W. Lewis, University of North Dakota

"Of the many recent dictionaries of literary terms, Baldick's is the one most likely to satisfy today's student....The explanations are clear and succinct, and often employ illustrative examples."--Library Journal (in a starred review)

"This is an excellent "pocket-sized" reference paperback at a reasonable price."--Dr. Robert C. Rice, Christendom College

"This is just what our English majors need. It's up to date, to the point, and inexpensive."--Preston Harper, Albilene Christian University

"Excellent, one of the best on the market, level just right for undergraduates."--Sabine Gross, University of Wisconsin/Madison

Library Journal
Of the many recent dictionaries of literary terms, Baldick's is the one most likely to satisfy today's student. Rejecting ``encyclopaedic completeness,'' it omits commonly understood general terms that are not specifically literary (e.g., art, culture, etc.). Included instead are ``many terms generated by the growth of academic literary theory in recent years.'' The explanations are clear and succinct, and often employ illustrative examples. An uncommon feature of this work is its pronunciation guide, applied to some 200 of the 1000 terms here defined. In addition to the attention paid to the terminology of classical rhetoric, there is a distinct emphasis on French deconstructionist terms derived from Derrida, Barthes, et al. Baldick's chief rival is Northrop Frye's Harper Handbook to Literature (1985), which is more comprehensive but lacks Baldick's currency. For larger libraries and academic collections.-- Jeffrey R. Luttrell, Youngstown State Univ., Ohio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192828934
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/04/1992
Series:
Oxford Paperback Reference Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

About the Author:
Chris Baldick is Senior Lecturer in English at Edge Hill College of Higher Education in Ormskirk, Scotland.

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