A dictionary of literary and thematic terms

Author Quinn, Edward
Language English
Publisher
New York N.Y.: Facts On File, 2006




Annotation:

Covers more than eight hundred and fifty contemporary literary terms and themes from different fields, including literature, film, television, psychology, and history.



Subjects :

  • Literature Terminology Themes, Motives
  • Literature Terminology
  • Comparative Literature Terminology Themes, Motives
  • Literature, Comparative Terminology Themes, Motives, Etc
  • Criticism Terminology
  • Literature, Comparative Themes, Motives
  • English Language Terms And Phrases
  • Literary Form Terminology

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Best Books :

  • Public Library Catalog, Twelfth Edition, 2004 , None
  • Senior High Core Collection, Seventeenth Edition, 2007 , None
  • Senior High School Library Catalog, Sixteenth Edition, 2002 , None
  • Senior High School Library Catalog, Supplement to the Fifteenth Edition, 2000 , None

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Reviews :

Donna Scanlon (VOYA)
Quinn defines more than 850 literary and thematic terms in this concise and portable volume. Selected terms range from the essentials of literature and writing to language from film, television, psychology, and other disciplines, giving the resource a more comprehensive cultural context. Longer essays discuss major literary themes. The dictionary is easy to use, with plenty of cross-references and see-also references in capital letters that guide the reader to more information on a subject or to a work illustrating the theme or expression. Most of the definitions are written clearly and concisely. There are a few exceptions, but in fairness to Quinn, some of the terms, such as "deconstruction," are difficult to define in the succinct format required by such a resource. Overall, the writing is lively and interesting, and just leafing through the pages can be fascinating. Serious students of literature will need to consult more in-depth resources during the course of their studies, but overall, this dictionary is very accessible, written to answer most questions more than adequately. The format makes it especially handy, guaranteeing plenty of use for research, but readers in love with language will enjoy browsing it just for fun. Index. 1999, Facts on File, 368p, $45. Ages 11 to Adult.
(PUBLISHER: Facts On File (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1999.)

Albert Wilhelm (Arba)
Since the boundaries between literary study and the larger culture have become more fluid, this dictionary includes many terms from psychology, television, film, and other fields. Quinn offers the expected entries on standard literary terms (e.g., litotes, oxymoron, villanelle) and on literary history (e.g., Augustan age, Harlem Renaissance). He also provides good comments on recent critical theory (e.g., deconstruction, reader response criticism), on film genres and techniques (e.g., screwball comedy, caper film, zoom shot), on theatrical styles (e.g., Bunraku, theater of cruelty), and on many facets of popular culture (e.g., cyberpunk, interactive computer fiction, rap). Quinn s dictionary uses nontechnical language and addresses a more general audience than does William Harmon s A Handbook to Literature (7th ed., Prentice-Hall, 1996). In choosing to be less comprehensive, Quinn naturally omits many esoteric terms (like choriambus), but he also ignores several terms that are more commonplace (e.g., slant rime, rondel). Although Quinn s entries are less numerous and usually shorter, he does include some topics not found in Harmon s book, such as the entry on queer theory. Quinn s treatment of literary terms is more effective than his cursory discussions of major themes in literature. A brief entry may adequately introduce the Faustian theme to readers, but trying to cover evil in less than a page or love in less than two pages seems foolhardy. Quinn provides useful cross-references within entries and a thorough index of proper names. Entries for critical and thematic terms frequently offer sound suggestions for further reading. Harmon includes a few simple diagrams to clarify his text, but Quinn uses none. 1999, Facts on File, 360p, $45.00
(PUBLISHER: Facts On File (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1999.)

Book News (BookNews)
A dictionary of some 850 literary terms and themes, with definitions in clear, nontechnical language and essays on major themes. Gives students and general readers not only a traditional literary vocabulary but also the knowledge of related theoretical, historical, and cultural terms they need in the interdisciplinary world of contemporary literary studies. Entries reflect literature as it is taught and experienced today, with flexible boundaries between high and popular culture and literary and non-literary vocabulary. The author is a professor of English at City College of New York. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com) 1999, Facts on File, Inc., 360pp, $45.00. Ages: Adult professional
(PUBLISHER: Facts On File (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1999.)

Book News (BookNews)
Quinn (English emeritus, City College of New York) provides a wide-ranging collection of over 1,000 literary terms and themes. His entries are both concise and accessible and handle the elementary along with the more technical terms even professionals tend to skim over and try to figure out through context. Quinn includes examples from literature and, in the case of highly complex terms or ideas, recommended reading for the entry, and has no fear in tackling such ideas as orality v. literacy, new genres including graphic novels and zines, attractive themes such as identity and madness, important events in literary history, and critical jargon. Where else could you find entries for "bardolatry" (excessive devotion to Shakespeare) and "baseball" (sometimes in the form of excessive devotion to magical realism) on the same page? Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com) 2006, Facts On File, Inc., 474pp, $55.00. Ages: Adult professional
(PUBLISHER: Facts On File (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1999.)

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Series :

Facts on File writer's library-Facts on File library of language and literature-Facts on File library of American literature-

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
New York N.Y.: Facts On File, 2006

Media Type: Language Material
vi 474 p.
PN44.5 (803)
9780816062430
0816062439
New York: Facts On File, 2006

Media Type: Language Material
vi 474 p. ;
PN44.5 (803)
9780816062430
0816062439
9780816062447
0816062447
New York ; Checkmark, 2000

Media Type: Language Material
viii 360 p. ;
(803)
9780816043941
0816043949
Originally published New York: Facts on File 1999.
New York: Facts On File ;, 2000

Media Type: Language Material
368p. ;
(803)
9780816043941
0816043949
New York NY: Checkmark Books, 2000

Media Type: Language Material
viii 360 p. ;
PN44.5 (803)
9780816043941
0816043949
Originally published New York: Facts on File c1999.
New York: Facts On File, 1999

Media Type: Language Material
360p.
(803)
9780816032327
0816032327
New York: Facts On File, 1999

Media Type: Language Material
viii 360 p. ;
PN44.5 (803)
9780816032327
0816032327
Facts On File (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1999.,

Media Type:

9780816043941
9780816062447
0816032327
9780816032327
9780816062430
0816062447
0816043949
0816062439

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