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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms

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Containing over 1000 of the most troublesome literary terms encountered by students and general readers, this book gives clear and often witty explanations to terms such as hypertext, multi-accentuality, and postmodernism. Among the book's features are: extensive coverage of traditional drama, rhetoric, literary history, and textual criticism; fully updated terms that have ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published November 15th 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published September 20th 1990)
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Rachel
I think this book describes the true essence of my nerdiness. I had to get this for one of my classes in college and I refused to sell it back because I adored it so much. While everyone around me was trying to get rid of it, I put it neatly on my shelf to keep forever, and even got really upset once when I thought I had lost it.

Anyway, this is probably the greatest dictionary in existence if you love reading and all things related to reading. It's very complete and offers many terms that I had
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Jessica
Possibly my best buy since beginning my English degree. Very helpful for clarifying difficult concepts in addition to being an excellent reference guide.
jacky
While the cover of my book looks more like a different ISBN number, this is the match. I have several of this book in my classroom and it has proved useful in teaching the students various literary terms.
Dena Rash Guzman
can't go wrong here. I turn to this book when I have writer's block and can't think of a poem to write. It's like a very definitive muse to me.
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I recommend this book to beginner English/literature students; it's a good reference when trying to make sense of all those -isms. ...more
Hannah Mccarney
Excellent point of call for any novel terminology a student may come across on their intellectual journeys
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Every literary term, its origins, and how its used makes for an enlightening read.
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