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The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory (Penguin Reference)

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This edition of an established dictionary of literary terms, is brought up-to-date by the inclusion of new terms from literary theory and structuralist, post-structuralist and deconstructuralist criticism.
Paperback, Fourth Edition, 1072 pages
Published April 30th 1992 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1982)
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Absolutely required to be on your bookshelf if you are an English major. This book will help you so much!
Jen Kautt
Apr 08, 2008 Jen Kautt is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, I'm reading it for my own personal pleasure.
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An amazing behemoth of a book.... It is more like journeying through a complex, exotic map of a secret island than reading. I came across some of the loveliest terms that tickled and rolled on my tongue like the sweetest honey.. roman-feuilleton, litotes, duologue, effulgent.... Although a very academic work, I read it like a poem, explored it like silent children examining delightfully intriguing puzzle-boxes - leisurely lingering over descriptions, tracing terms of similar meaning and meanderi ...more
A great resource. I love the way the author has these partialities that he just can't keep out of his writing, no matter how hard to tries. How Poe having a lot of influence on later horror novelists was to their detriment, for example.
Lady Jane
A delectable, enjoyable, and very necessary buffet of knowledge for the English major! Sigh.
A good desk top reference dictionary.
Jamie Lee
This is an absolutely fantastic resource to turn to when doing literary terms and theory research for upper-level English courses. I used to borrow it from the library so much that I ended up buying it. I refer to it all the time for my English courses to not only further my own knowledge but also to have fantastic definitions or backgrounds on theorists.
Comprehensive and accessible.
I use this every unit to get definitions for the literary terms we use. Thick and filled with everything you could want.
Scott Kleinpeter
This book has been a trusted aid since High School. Most any time I turn to it with a question, it has an answer.
I used this text to supplement books I was using when teaching a course on literary criticism.
Sannie Hald
I haven't read every single word defined, yet this book is a must when you are studying English.
An essential reference book. Always there on my desk.
Mike Duron
Can any writer ~ever~ finish reading this book?
Essential for any lover/scholar of literature.
A bible in my literature classes.
Donal Lyons
Does one read a book like this?
Angie Lisle
A good reference book for Lit Majors.
Reference only.
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