A Dictionary of Literary and Thematic Terms

A Dictionary of Literary and Thematic Terms

Book - 2006 | 2nd ed
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Baker & Taylor
A dictionary of more than one thousand literary terms and themes expands upon the traditional literary vocabulary by combining related theoretical, historical, and cultural terms with definitions and critical essays.

Book News
Quinn (English emeritus, City College of New York) provides a wide-ranging collection of over 1,000 literary terms and themes. His entries are both concise and accessible and handle the elementary along with the more technical terms even professionals tend to skim over and try to figure out through context. Quinn includes examples from literature and, in the case of highly complex terms or ideas, recommended reading for the entry, and has no fear in tackling such ideas as orality v. literacy, new genres including graphic novels and zines, attractive themes such as identity and madness, important events in literary history, and critical jargon. Where else could you find entries for "bardolatry" (excessive devotion to Shakespeare) and "baseball" (sometimes in the form of excessive devotion to magical realism) on the same page? Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Facts on File
Praise for the previous edition:
"...handy for book-group leaders. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries." Library Journal

"...this valuable resource is more accessible and broader in approach than other literary dictionaries." School Library Journal

"Recommended for public, college, and high-school libraries." Booklist

In clear, nontechnical language, this dictionary of more than 1,000 literary terms and themes takes an expanded view of the term "literary." This book gives readers not only a traditional literary vocabulary, but also the knowledge of related theoretical, historical, and cultural terms they need in the interdisciplinary world of contemporary literary studies.

New entries include:
  • Traditional literary terms and themes, such as individualism, skepticism, and the Odysseus/Ulysses theme
  • Literary topics that have become increasingly popular in recent years, such as terrorism and prison literature
  • Subjects perennially popular among writers, such as alcoholism, baseball, and vampirism.
Features include:
  • Fresh definitions and examples of standard literary and related terms such as meter, antagonist, and New Criticism
  • Essays on major themes in literature such as evil, power, love, death, time, and more
  • Terms related to multicultural and feminist literature
  • Major contemporary theoretical terms, with clear definitions and examples
  • Culture terms from film, television, psychology, history, and other fields related to literature
  • References for further reading
  • Extensive cross-references.


Publisher: New York : Facts On File, c2006
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9780816062430
0816062439
9780816062447
0816062447
Branch Call Number: 803 QUI 2006
Characteristics: vi, 474 p. ; 24 cm

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