For the lay scholar or English major, this fourth edition of The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory is a key work of reference in the field of literary criticism. Definitions of technical terms and jargon, literary movements and schools of theory, genres, common and uncommon terms alike are defined with detailed accuracy. 991 pages, softcover.
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.
J. A. Cuddon (19281996) was a renowned expert in the fields of literature and linguistics. He also wrote several plays, libretti, novels, short stories, essays, and travel narratives.
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