A Dictionary of Literary And Thematic Terms by Edward Quinn

By Edward Quinn

In transparent, non-technical language, this dictionary of greater than 1,000 literary phrases and subject matters takes an extended view of the time period "literary." This publication offers readers not just a conventional literary vocabulary, but additionally the information of similar theoretical, old, and cultural phrases they wish within the interdisciplinary international of latest literary reviews. New entries comprise: conventional literary phrases and topics, akin to individualism, skepticism, and the Odysseus/Ulysses topic; literary issues that experience turn into more and more renowned lately, comparable to terrorism and criminal literature; and matters perennially renowned between writers, similar to alcoholism, baseball, and vampirism. good points contain: clean definitions and examples of ordinary literary and similar phrases resembling meter, antagonist, and New feedback; essays on significant topics in literature equivalent to evil, energy, love, dying, time, and extra; phrases concerning multicultural and feminist literature; significant modern theoretical phrases, with transparent definitions and examples; tradition phrases from movie, tv, psychology, heritage, and different fields regarding literature; references for extra examining; and broad cross-references

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Geoffrey’s account portrayed Arthur’s court in Camelot as a model of the ideal knightly society. Geoffrey’s version of the legend was adapted by the Norman writer Wace in his Roman de Brut (c. 1155). Wace’s version introduced the motif of the Round Table, at which Arthur’s knights gathered, its shape ensuring that no one would have a privileged position over the others. In the hands of the TROUVÈRE poet Chrétien de Troyes, the legend became immortalized in the stories of the pursuit of the Holy Grail, and the love affair of Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere.

James Clifford’s The Predicament of Culture (1988) looks at the relation of ethnography and art. anticlimax In fiction or drama, a falling off in intensity and interest following a serious high point. The term has a pejorative connotation when used to indicate a flaw in a narrative or play, unless a writer is employing it for a humorous effect. An apparent anticlimax can be, on closer examination, a brilliant enhancement of the scene. An example is the Drunken Porter scene following the murder of Duncan in Macbeth, which begins with an inebriated gatekeeper responding to a loud knocking on the gate to admit the noblemen Macduff and Lennox to the castle.

As the critic Victor Brombert points out, “Nineteenth and twentieth century literature is . . crowded with weak, ineffectual, pale, humiliated, self-doubting, inept, occasionally abject characters . ” Notable recent examples include the narrator of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (1952) and Jean-Baptiste Clamence, the “judge–penitent,” confessing his sins in Albert Camus’s The Fall (1954). The anti-heroic strain also adapts itself well to comedy with its inherent impulse to debunk the pretensions to greatness that heroism implies.

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