By Edward Quinn

ISBN-10: 0816062439

ISBN-13: 9780816062430

In transparent, non-technical language, this dictionary of greater than 1,000 literary phrases and issues takes an accelerated view of the time period "literary." This ebook provides readers not just a standard literary vocabulary, but in addition the data of similar theoretical, ancient, and cultural phrases they want within the interdisciplinary international of latest literary reports. New entries contain: conventional literary phrases and topics, corresponding to individualism, skepticism, and the Odysseus/Ulysses topic; literary issues that experience turn into more and more well known in recent times, corresponding to terrorism and legal literature; and matters perennially well known between writers, akin to alcoholism, baseball, and vampirism. positive factors contain: clean definitions and examples of normal literary and comparable phrases similar to meter, antagonist, and New feedback; essays on significant subject matters in literature equivalent to evil, energy, love, loss of life, time, and extra; phrases relating to multicultural and feminist literature; significant modern theoretical phrases, with transparent definitions and examples; tradition phrases from movie, tv, psychology, background, and different fields regarding literature; references for extra interpreting; and broad cross-references

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Theorists see the term as intimately related to authority. In the middle ages, “auctores” were those figures, such as Aristotle, who were the fundamental “authorities” on their subjects. As the world grew more complex in the Renaissance, respect for “authority” weakened in favor of valuing individual initiative. One example might be the development in Protestantism of the emphasis on individual interpretation of the Bible, a central issue of the REFORMATION; another, the emphasis in CAPITALISM on the individual entrepreneur as opposed to the collective economy of feudalism.

Anti-Stratfordian theories A general term for the belief that someone other than William Shakespeare wrote the plays attributed to him. The chief candidates for the authorship of the plays have been Sir Francis Bacon, the 17th-century essayist and philosopher; the dramatist Christopher Marlowe; and Edward de Vere, 17th earl of Oxford. Bacon’s candidacy was advanced as early as 1769 and was supported in the 19th century by Mark Twain among others. The supporters of Marlowe are not deterred by the fact that Marlowe was murdered in 1593, a year in which Shakespeare was just beginning his career; they have argued that Marlowe’s death was staged and that he continued to live abroad, conveying the plays to Shakespeare’s company through an intermediary.

Asian-American literature The increased immigration of people from all sections of Asia has resulted in a redefinition of this term. As originally conceived (and reflected in the well-known 1974 collection AIIIEEEEE: An Anthology of Asian American Writers), the term referred only to Chinese, Japanese and Filipino Americans. Since then it has been broadened to include Korean, Indian, Pakistani Americans as well as authors from other areas of Southeast Asia. ) aside In drama, a comment by a character directed to the audience, not intended to be heard by the other characters on stage.

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