The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory: Fourth Edition / Edition 4

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Overview

The latest installment of this trusted literary companion covers all aspects of literary theory, from definitions of technical terms to characterizations of literary movements. Geared toward students, teachers, readers, and writers alike, The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory explains critical jargon (intertextuality, aporia), schools of literary theory (structuralism, feminist criticism), literary forms (sonnet, ottava rima), and genres (elegy, pastoral) and examines artifacts, historic locales, archetypes, origins of well-known phrases, and much, much more. Scholarly, straightforward, comprehensive, and even entertaining, this is a resource that no word-lover should be without.

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

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**** 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: 9780140513639
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Series: Dictionary, Penguin Series
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 1024
  • Sales rank: 243,000
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.89 (h) x 1.77 (d)

Meet the Author

J. A. Cuddon (1928-1996) was a renowned expert in the field of literature and linguistics. He also wrote several plays, libretti, novels, short stories, essays, and travel narratives.

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