The Longman Dictionary of Literary Terms: Vocabulary for the Informed Reader

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A user-friendly introduction to the language of literary study, The Longman Dictionary of Literary Terms is an easy-to-use reference manual that aims to demystify literature and the techniques literary scholars use. It is a great asset to those readers who would like a smart companion to accompany their reading of literature.With an accessible writing style, this comprehensive guide features more than 400 entries, covering a wide array of literary terms and concepts with concise definitions and pronunciation guides. Features include clear definitions that motivate an engagement with literary theory, along with contemporary and culturally diverse literary examples that illustrate the concepts. All of the major schools of literary theory are presented to give readers thorough background in the critical approaches.

Author Biography: X. J. Kennedy has written six collections of poetry, several textbooks and seventeen books for children. His numerous awards include a Guggenheim fellowship and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Dana Gioia, a poet, critic, and teacher, has published three collections of poetry-Daily Horoscope (1986), The Gods of Winter (1991), and Interrogations at Noon (2001)-an influential study of poetry's place in contemporary America, Can Poetry Matter? (1992), and has edited several anthologies. He currently serves as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Mark Bauerlein earned a doctorate in English at UCLA, and in 1989 joined the faculty of Emory University in Atlanta. In 2004, he became the director of research and analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Numerous excellent literary dictionaries and handbooks are available (e.g., William Harmon's A Handbook to Literature), and most libraries should own several-since the best at any given time is the one that includes the information needed. Written by Kennedy, the author of numerous literary references, along with NEA head Dana Gioia and Mark Bauerlein (Literary Criticism), this is a useful addition to the field. The price is reasonable, the layout clear and readable, and the coverage reasonably inclusive regarding both the variety and the number of terms (over 400). The entries vary in length from a sentence to a page or two and often include examples and pronunciation guides. Coverage is strong for both poetry and narrative forms of literature. Though some cross references are provided, more would have been useful. Bottom Line Slim and thrifty enough to be handy yet authoritative and inclusive enough to be useful; recommended for all libraries.-Denise Johnson, Bradley Univ., Peoria, IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321331946
  • Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Pages: 165
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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