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The Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms

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Like its highly praised and widely adopted predecessor, the second edition of The Bedford Glossary presents definitions of more than 700 literary and critical terms for today's student. The second edition features many additional terms, both traditional and recent, with a greater array of examples that make it an even more useful and informative reference than before.
Paperback, Second Edition, 541 pages
Published January 21st 2003 by Bedford Books (first published 1997)
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La Petite Américaine
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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If you're going to do any theory courses, get this book. It saves a lot of time, cuts through the headache created by these theorist assholes, and explains everything in terms that can be understood by anyone with a GED. Definitely useful, though it won't make theory any less painful.

(And I've blown off my theory paper to sit here and write reviews of theory books on goodreads. Jesus. It's a new low.)
Lief
Oct 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very valuable resource book if you are looking for even a slightly deeper understanding of literary terms. There are numerous entries with thorough explanations, and the language is very accessible. While I can't remember what they were right off hand, I believe there were only a couple of terms I encountered that were not in the book. A high recommendation for your resource shelf.
Kenzie
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is such a helpful book for any English scholar. The examples are great and the alphabetization makes it easy to search for exactly what you need. Hopefully this will help me pass the Praxis II this weekend!
Erika
Apr 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extremely helpful.
Carol Westcamp
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An excellent resource for any scholar of literature. The easy alphabetical organization allows you to find various terms with ease.
Leann
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly useful and informative - whenever I need to brush up on a literary term or learn a new one, this is the book I turn to every time.
Willow
Jan 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book has every term I've ever needed to look up. I take it with me to Graduate school every summer. It really socks my socks.
Paul
Brilliant - quickly became indispensable for me. Wish there was a bit more comprehensive coverage of the world of tropes, but that's a minor quibble.
Matt
Jun 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The very best.
Danielle Altrogge
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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So helpful. I've cited this is almost all of my essays this semester. Very detailed.
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