The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms

The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms

By (author) Chris Baldick

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The best-selling Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (formerly the Concise dictionary) provides clear, concise, and often witty definitions of the most troublesome literary terms from abjection to zeugma. It is an essential reference tool for students of literature in any language. It is now available in a new and expanded edition and includes increased coverage of new terms from modern critical and theoretical movements, such as feminism, and schools of American poetry, Spanish verse forms, life writing, and crime fiction. It includes extensive coverage of traditional drama, versification, rhetoric, and literary history, as well as updated and extended advice on recommended further reading and a pronunciation guide to more than 200 terms. New to this edition are recommended entry-level web links updated via the Dictionary of Literary Terms companion website.

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 24mm | 280g
  • 05 Mar 2009
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 0199208271
  • 9780199208272
  • 13,662

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Chris Baldick is Professor of English at Goldsmiths' College, University of London. He edited The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales (1992), and is the author of The Oxford English Literary History, Volume 10 (1910-1940): The Modern Movement (2004), In Frankenstein's Shadow (1987), Criticism and Literary Theory 1890 to the Present (1996), and other works of literary history. He has edited, with Rob Morrison, Tales of Terror from Blackwood's Magazine, and The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre, and has written an introduction to Charles Maturin's Melmoth the Wanderer (all available in the Oxford World's Classics series).

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Review from previous edition This dictionary's virtues and its plain-spokenness make it ... as apt to the bedside table as to the desk: Dr Baldick is a Brewer for specialized tastes Times Literary Supplement fun to read ... first rate Toronto Globe and Mail

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Fantastic book!

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A worthy investment!

Definitely a worthy investment for any literature student. It provides succinct definitions of literary terms and provide illuminating examples.show more
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