By Edward Quinn
In transparent, non-technical language, this dictionary of greater than 1,000 literary phrases and issues takes an elevated view of the time period "literary." This ebook provides readers not just a standard literary vocabulary, but additionally the information of comparable theoretical, ancient, and cultural phrases they wish within the interdisciplinary international of up to date literary reviews. New entries comprise: conventional literary phrases and topics, resembling individualism, skepticism, and the Odysseus/Ulysses subject; literary subject matters that experience turn into more and more renowned lately, akin to terrorism and felony literature; and topics perennially renowned between writers, reminiscent of alcoholism, baseball, and vampirism. gains contain: clean definitions and examples of ordinary literary and similar phrases similar to meter, antagonist, and New feedback; essays on significant subject matters in literature akin to evil, strength, love, loss of life, time, and extra; phrases on the topic of multicultural and feminist literature; significant modern theoretical phrases, with transparent definitions and examples; tradition phrases from movie, tv, psychology, heritage, and different fields regarding literature; references for additional studying; and large cross-references
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Apocrypha Works of the Old and New Testament not admitted to the CANON by the Catholic Church, or works rejected by Jews or Protestants for doubtful validity. In literature, the term is applied to works whose authorship is questionable. An example of an apocryphal play is Edward III, a history play that many scholars believe was written partly by Shakespeare. Apollonian/Dionysian Contrasting terms coined by the 19th-century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. For Nietzsche, the Apollonian (after the god Apollo) stands for order, rationality, and moral behavior, while the Dionysian (after Dionysus, the god of wine) represents the spontaneous, irrational, and amoral spirit of life.
The auto, a one-act drama, featured mythic, allegorical, or historical characters; the action concluded with the manifestation of a Communion host and chalice. The aim of many of the autos was to draw analogies between secular stories of love and adventure and the divine mystery of the Eucharist. Its greatest practitioner was Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600–81), who wrote more than 70 of these plays in his lifetime. Alexander Parker’s The Allegorical Drama of Calderón:An Introduction to the Autos Sacramentales (1943) provides a history of the genre.
The question of Paul De Man’s wartime writings is debated in the journal Critical Inquiry v. 15 (summer, 1989). 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.
A Dictionary of Literary And Thematic Terms by Edward Quinn