Handbook of Literary Terms: Literature, Language, Theory
A practical, instructive, and comprehensive guide to the language of literary study, Kennedy'sA Handbook of Literary Terms is a reference manual that aims to demystify literature and the techniques literary scholars use. Over 400 entries. Clear, concise, and accessible definitions of key literary terms. Visual material supports explanations. Those interested in the study of literature and the vocabulary of literary inquiry.
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