A Dictionary of Literary and Thematic Terms (Facts on File by Edward Quinn

By Edward Quinn

A dictionary of greater than 1,000 literary phrases and topics, this booklet provides readers not just a conventional literary vocabulary, but in addition the data of comparable theoretical, ancient, and cultural phrases they wish within the interdisciplinary international of latest literary experiences.

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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. Here Shakespeare sets the tone in Falstaff’s “catechism” on honor from Henry IV Part 1, where the old knight asserts that “honor” is a mere word that he’ll have none of.

The assumption shared by most anti-Stratfordians is that Shakespeare, a commoner with only a grammar school education, could not have written these great plays, a position that exhibits a touching faith in the virtues of the aristocracy. Frank Wadsworth’s The Poacher from Stratford (1958) offers a comprehensive account of the controversy. 31 ANTISTROPHE antistrophe In classical Greek drama, a response by a section of the CHORUS to a previous strophe (a stanza of verse). Both strophe and antistrophe were written in the same METER.

Hyman’s Iago: Some Approaches to the Illusion of His Motivation (1970) offers a full discussion of the character from a variety of perspectives. bard Among ancient Celtic tribes the bard played an important role as the preserver and recounter of cultural lore. In modern times the term functions as a synonym for any poet, often with particular reference to Shakespeare. Two analysts of POPULAR CULTURE, John Fiske and John Hartley, have argued that the role of the ancient bard in modern society has been assumed by television.

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