1024 pages, 7.77 × 5.1 × 1.77 in
February 1, 2000
Penguin Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0140513639
ISBN - 13: 9780140513639
From the Publisher
The latest installment of this trusted literary companion covers all aspects of literary theory, from definitions of technical terms to characterizations of literary movements. Geared toward students, teachers, readers, and writers alike, The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory explains critical jargon (intertextuality, aporia), schools of literary theory (structuralism, feminist criticism), literary forms (sonnet, ottava rima), and genres (elegy, pastoral) and examines artifacts, historic locales, archetypes, origins of well-known phrases, and much, much more. Scholarly, straightforward, comprehensive, and even entertaining, this is a resource that no word-lover should be without.
About the Author
J. A. Cuddon (1928–1996) was a renowned expert in the fields of literature and linguistics. He also wrote several plays, libretti, novels, short stories, essays, and travel narratives.
From Our Editors
The perfect resource for any student of literature, this book explains all the major concepts, terms and ideas in Western literature through short, pithy introductions. With definitions of such terms as villanelle and pathetic fallacy as well as short biographies of such luminaries as Byron, Chaucer, Cervantes and Moliere, this book is both informative and entertaining. If you enjoy reading, then you'll treasure and appreciate The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory.