The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms

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Oxford University Press, 1991 - Criticism - 246 pages
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 bodice-ripper to the aristocratic masque. While it is fully up to date with the terminologies of deconstruction and other modern schools of literary theory, it also offers extensive coverage of traditional drama, versification, rhetoric, and literary history. Literary schools from Alexandrianism to Transcendentalism are included, along with dozens of terms from languages other than English. 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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The concise Oxford dictionary of literary terms

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
21
Section 3
28
Section 4
29
Section 5
50
Section 6
65
Section 7
80
Section 8
90
Section 15
145
Section 16
154
Section 17
158
Section 18
183
Section 19
184
Section 20
197
Section 21
223
Section 22
233

Section 9
95
Section 10
105
Section 11
115
Section 12
117
Section 13
119
Section 14
127
Section 23
236
Section 24
241
Section 25
243
Section 26
245
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About the author (1991)


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

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