Dec 6, View Table of Contents for A Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary this fifth edition places J.A. Cuddon’s indispensable dictionary firmly in. A Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory, 5th Edition With new entries and sensitive edits, this fifth edition places J.A. Cuddon’s indispensable. Sep 25, J. A. Cuddon was a writer, school teacher and academic. Best known for his Dictionary of Literary Terms, he also produced the large Dictionary.

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It’s one of the best references in literary criticism and literary theories.

The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory

Apr 30, C. A must have for an academic and an great choice for those who love literature and poetry in a mad, curious and dionysian-like way. Nov 14, Courtney marked it as herms Shelves: There are just so many beautiful passages that one would love to simply sit down and read it from cover to cover. A very useful book that should be on every serious readers shelf.

The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory by J.A. Cuddon

Well there are a few. Norton’s Anthology of Lit. This book is absolutely essential for anyone needing a good overview of lit. What I found most interesting were the lengthy sections on genres.


Does one read a book like this? I’ve consulted this reference book regularly in the last ten years, and it cudxon entertains and enlightens, and seldom disappoints.

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Cuddon’s classic dictionary has been thoroughly revised and updated to maintain it as the most comprehensive and accessible work of its kind currently available, for students, teachers and general readers alike. Penguin Books; 4th edition February 1, Language: Habib No preview available – Cuddon No preview available – Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

It also cross-references terms to connect movements and inovations.

As an author, have you been guilty of “log-rolling? Jan 07, TC rated it it was amazing. Dec 29, Andra rated it it was amazing Shelves: Theory too so you can dig deeper once you find it in the Penguin.

Geared toward students, teachers, readers, and writers alike, The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory explains critical jargon intertextuality, aporiaschools of literary theory structuralism, feminist criticismliterary forms sonnet, ottava rimaand genres elegy, pastoral and examines artifacts, historic locales, archetypes, origins of well-known phrases, and much, much more.

This inch-and-three-quarters paperback is extremely valuable and deserves to get well thumbed-over by any student of English literature or criticism in general.


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Nevertheless, for what I needed it for, it was very easy to use, and the information that I found was fairly comprehensive. There are luxuriously long sections on science fiction novels, crime fiction, pastoral writings, short stories, gothic fiction, comic drama, and a host of other such topics.

Mar 15, Prakash rated it it was ok. You get a lot of value for the money with this one. It’s a browsers dream.

When you go to the short story section, for instance, you will find 12 pages dedicated to coverage of authors and their works dating from biblical times to the present I use this every unit to get definitions for the literary terms we use. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

One could only wish that the publisher had released it in a “quality paperback” format that would better survive such thumbing.