The Concise Oxford Dictionary of. Literary Terms. Chris Baldick is Professor of English at Goldsmiths'. College, University of London. He edited The Oxford. '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. 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.

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms. Pages · · MB the-oxford-dictionary-of-english-grammar-oxford-quick-reference-2nd_edition. Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms provides clear, concise, and often witty definitions of the most troublesome literary terms from abjection to zeugma. The bestselling Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms provides clear and concise definitions of the most troublesome literary terms, from abjection to zeugma.

I have chosen not to give much spaceto questionsofetymology, and to discussaterm's origin onlywhen this seemsgenuinely necessaryto clarify its current sense.

Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms

My attention hasbeen devoted more to helping readers to use the terms confidently for themselves. Tothis end Ihavedisplayedthe plural forms, adjectival forms, and other derivedwords relevant to each entry, and have provided pronunciation guidesfor more than two hundred potentially troublesome terms.

The simplified pronunciation system Preface to the SecondEdition viii used, closelybased on the system devised byJoyce M. Hawkinsfor the Oxford Paperback Dictionary, offers a basicbut sufficient indication of the essential features of stress-placing and vowel quality.

One of its advantages is that it requiresvery little checking against the pronunciation key on page ix. In compiling this dictionary, the principal debt Ihaveincurred isto my predecessors in the vexedbusiness ofliterary definition and distinction, from Aristotle to the editors of the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics.

Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms

Ifthe followingentries make sense,it isveryoften because those who have gone beforehave cleared the ground and mapped its more treacherous sites. Mythanks are owedalsotoJoyce HawkinsandMichael Ockenden for their help with pronunciations; to Kirn Scott Walwynof Oxford UniversityPressfor her constant encouragement; to PeterCurrie, Michael Hughes,Colin Pickthall, and HazelRichardsonfor theiradvice on particular entries; to my students for giving me somuch practice; and especially to Harriet Barry, PamelaJackson, and John Simonsfor giving up their time to scrutinize the typescript and for the valuable amendments they suggested.

Preface to the Second Edition For this edition Ihave added new entries expanding the dictionary's coverage ofterms from rhetoric, theatre history, textual criticism, and other fields; and introduced further terms that have arrived orbecome more prominent in literary usage in the last ten years.

Ihave also updated manyofthe existing entries alongwith the appendix on general further reading, and more extensively attached additional recommendations for further reading to several ofthe longer or more complex entries. Pronunciation Where aterm's pronunciation maynot be immediately obviousfromits spelling, a guide is provided in square brackets followingthe word or phrase.

Wordsare broken up into smallunits, usuallyofone syllable. The syllable that isspokenwith moststress in awordoftwo ormore syllables is shown in bold type. The pronunciations given follow the standard speech of southern England.

However,since this system isbasedon analogies rather than on precise phonetic description, readers who use other varieties ofspoken English will rarely need to make any consciousadjustment to suit their own forms of pronunciation. The sounds represented are as follows: In several French words no syllable is marked for stress, the distribution of stress being more even than inEnglish. Pronunciation x A consonant is sometimes doubled, especiallyto help showthat the vowel before it is short, or when without this the combination of letters might suggest awrongpronunciation through looking misleadinglylike a familiar word.

Many 20th- century writers of prose fiction have stressed the absurd nature of human existence: Thecritic Martin Esslin coined the phrase theatre of the absurd in to refer to a number of dramatists of the s ledby Samuel Beckett and Eugene lonesco whose works evoke the absurd by abandoning logical form, character, and dialogue together with realistic illusion.

For a fuller account, consult ArnoldP.

Hinchliffe, TheAbsurd This tradition produced the earliest English comedies, notably Ralph Roister Doister c. Three kinds of accent may be distinguished, according to the factor that accounts for each: Seealso ictus, recessive accent.

The predominant English metrical system in the 'high' literary tradition since Chaucer, however, has been that of accentual- syllabic verse, in which both stressed and unstressed syllables are counted: Twenty bookes, clad in blak or reed Noun: See also truncation.

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