A Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory

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Wiley, Nov 5, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 808 pages
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With new entries and sensitive edits, this fifth edition places J.A. Cuddon’s indispensable dictionary firmly in the 21st Century.

  • Written in a clear and highly readable style
  • Comprehensive historical coverage extending from ancient times to the present day
  • Broad intellectual and cultural range
  • Expands on the previous edition to incorporate the most recent  literary terminology
  • New material is particularly focused in areas such as gender studies and queer theory, post-colonial theory, post-structuralism, post-modernism, narrative theory, and cultural studies.
  • Existing entries have been edited to ensure that topics receive balanced treatment

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About the author (2012)


J. A. Cuddon was a renowned academic, essayist, novelist, playwright, and travel writer.  He died in March 1996.


M. A. R. Habib, Professor of English, Rutgers University, Camden. His books include the highly acclaimed A History of Literary Criticism: From Plato to the Present (Blackwell, 2005), Modern Literary Criticism and Theory: A History (2008), Literary Criticism from Plato to the Present: An Introduction (2011), and the Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Vol. VI: the Nineteenth Century (ed., 2012).

Associate Editors

Matthew Birchwood, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Kingston University, London

Vedrana Velickovic, Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Brighton

Martin Dines, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Kingston University, London

Shanyn Fiske, Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University, Camden.

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