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The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory (Penguin… (original 1977; edition 2000)

by J. A. Cuddon (Author)

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Title:The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory (Penguin Dictionary)
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Over the past twenty years J. A. Cuddon's "Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory" has become firmly established as a classic work of reference. Now in its fourth edition, complete with many new entries and insights, it remains the most comprehensive and accessible work of its kind and constitutes essential reading for students, teachers and general readers alike.

* Contains over 2000 articles on all aspects of literary terminology and theory
* Gives definitions of technical terms (iamb, hamartia, zeugma) and critical jargon (intertextuality, aporia, binary opposition)
* Explores literary movements (neo-classicism, romanticism, vorticism) and schools of literary theory (new historicism, structuralism, feminist criticism)
* Covers genres (elegy, fabliau, pastoral) and literary forms (sonnet, haiku, ottava, rima)

'Scholarly, succinct, comprehensive and entertaining, this is an important book, an indispensable work of reference. It draws on literature of many languages and quotes aptly and freshly from our own'
- The Times Educational Supplement

'Some entries accomplish cameo wonders of literary history. Others are funny ... generously and urbanely compiled'
- The New York Times

Read more at http://www.penguin.co.uk/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780140513639,00.html#yYWLhojZBg...
  andrewnedelchev | Nov 19, 2013 |
This is a fantastic resource for English teachers and students. Most entries are easily accessible for students at the college level. ( )
  emurray35 | Nov 9, 2012 |
Ok, the book is quite *hefty*, but it does become very handy if you are studying for an English degree. I had a smaller one, but I ended up buying this one because I was losing out on some literary criticism terms. Some entries do takes a certain number of pages, and can be quite confusing, but other ones are fine, and the terms allowed me to understand some particularly complicated terms. This book will be kept on my shelves, because it has become an essential tool for my studies. ( )
  soniaandree | Apr 24, 2011 |
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  Justina_1987 | Nov 23, 2007 |
Invaluable resource for a literature undergrad. Tells you the answers to all those questions you felt too stupid to ask in class! ( )
  kerryg | Apr 10, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140513639, Paperback)

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.

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Over the past twenty years J. A. Cuddon's Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theoryhas become firmly established as a classic work of reference. Now in its fourth edition, complete with many new entries and insights, it remains the most comprehensive and accessible work of its kind and constitutes essential reading for students, teachers and general readers alike. 'Scholarly, succinct, comprehensive and entertaining, this is an important book, an indispensable work of reference. It draws on the literature of many languages and quotes aptly and freshly from our own.' The Times Educational Supplement

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