The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms
The bestselling Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms provides clear and concise definitions of the most troublesome literary terms, from abjection to zeugma. It is an essential reference tool for students of literature in any language. Now expanded and in its fourth edition, it includes increased coverage of new terms from modern critical and theoretical movements, such as feminism, schools of American poetry, Spanish verse forms, life writing, and crime fiction. It includes extensive coverage of traditional drama, versification, rhetoric, and literary history, as well as updated and extended advice on recommended further reading and a pronunciation guide to more than 200 terms. Completely revised and updated, this edition also features brand-new entries on terms such as distant reading, graphic novels, middle generation, and misery memoir. Many new bibliographies have been added to entries and recommended web links are available via a companion website.
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19th century Adjective anapaestic applied ballads called century BCE chanson de geste characters classical comedy conventions couplets criticism culture D. H. Lawrence dactylic distinct drama early English verse epic especially essay example fiction figure of speech formal French Further reading genre Gothic novel Greek historical iambic iambic pentameter imitation important influence Italian John kind known language late later Latin linguistic literary literature lyric meaning medieval metaphor metre modern monologue narrative narratology narrator neoclassicism notably novel pattern pentameter philosopher phrase play plot plural poem poetic poetry poets prose quatrain reader realism referred Renaissance rhetorical rhyme royal rhyme scheme rhythm romance Romanticism Russian Formalism satire sense sequence Shakespeare short sometimes song sonnet stanza stock character story stressed structure style syllables T. S. Eliot term theatre theory tradition tragedy trochee unstressed syllables usually Verb verse form verse line W. B. Yeats word writing written