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The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory (Penguin Reference)
by J.A. Cuddon
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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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.
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.