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A Glossary of Literary Terms covers the terminology of literature - from literary history to theory to criticism - making it a valuable addition to any literary theory or literature course....

Title : A Glossary of Literary Terms
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ISBN : 9781413004564
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 370 Pages
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  • Nikoleta
    2018-10-18 03:52

    Εξαιρετικό. Έχει τους λογοτεχνικούς όρους σε αλφαβητική σειρά, και δεν εξηγεί απλώς τον κάθε έναν από αυτούς, αλλά παρουσιάζει την γέννηση του κάθε όρου στην ιστορική του εποχή, την εξέλιξη ή μεταβολή του στο πέρασμα του χρόνου (όταν αυτή υπάρχει) και αναλύει την σημασία του με παραδείγματα. Έμαθα χωρίς να δυσκολευτώ, και χωρίς να χάσω στιγμή το ενδιαφέρον μου, αντιθέτως αυτό μεγάλωνε με την κάθε σελίδα.

  • Traveller
    2018-10-08 22:31

    I had to buy this book for some class many many moons ago, and I thought it would be old hat by now, what with it sitting gathering dust on the shelf over the years.Surprisingly, though, after thinking I was just going to refresh my memory on little morsels like adynaton, hypozeugma, and all the many convoluted methods of scansion, I actually ended up spending more time with it than I had intended, led on by its interesting background commentary.What makes it nice, is that it is more than just a dictionary of literary terms - it's actually quite interesting to read in addition, like a mini-mini encyclopedia.Perhaps it deserves to be properly dusted off and to join the books on my right-hand side.

  • Lit Bug
    2018-10-18 04:38

    One of the best books available for a swift but meaningful study of every new term you can find in the academic study of English literature. Brief, to-the-point, clear and intelligible - it is a rich book for everyone seeking to systematically understand English literature.

  • Mike Puma
    2018-10-23 01:47

    Indispensable. While I usually refer to Harmon & Holman first (A Handbook to Literature), I come back to this volume for more depth. Collectively, they make a great pair.

  • Nidhi Singh
    2018-09-27 03:33

    Due to lack of time I had decided to do a selective study, but Abrams lured me into reading the whole of it.

  • Sadia Mansoor
    2018-09-27 00:39

    A useful & handy guide for every lit student ^_^ http://www.ohio.edu/people/hartleyg/r...

  • David
    2018-09-23 00:25

    The "read" status I've given this book is purely for convenience: it is one that anyone who enjoys the nuts and bolts of literature as much as the actual product should always have on hand, whether to help answer a specific question, satisfy a vague curiosity, or use lucky dip style to discover something new about literature, and, by extension, the world.This book represents a body of knowledge approached and collated by the same scholar, making for a compact, easily accessible, and, best of all, integrated, resource - and in that respect is better than trying to pick through the internet for the same definitions.If you want quick but accurate descriptions of literary terms, nevertheless with some depth, and pointers on where else to go, this volume, while certainly not cheap, is definitely worth it.

  • Hosein
    2018-10-15 02:46

    This book has gathered literary terms of English language in one place successfully. Those students who wants to give English literature exam should get prepared with the help of this book. I can't say this is great since this was the only reference I had in my hand recommended by my fellow friend who had got his Master degree the mentioned field.

  • Roya
    2018-10-14 01:37

    I can't believe I'm actually done with this monster of a book. Didn't exactly love it, but learned from it so much, so incredibly much. I don't currently feel like discussing it or whatever; when you finish reading something like this, all you feel like doing is DANCING. So that's what I'm gonna do.

  • Ruby
    2018-09-30 04:32

    Over-elaborate where it should be more concise, too concise where more explanation would be appreciated.

  • Amy
    2018-10-03 04:45

    I can't live without this reference.

  • Caitlin Hagar
    2018-10-01 21:43

    Really helpful for understanding literary devices

  • Ava
    2018-10-14 21:54

    I know this book is well-known and I know how many people praise this book. But after referring to several Glossaries of Literary Terms, I realized that such kinds of books still have a long way to go. That is because none of them provide enough information on certain subjects and some of them do not have all the terms I needed to know about. Based on what I have learned, simplicity is the key to writing books and teaching. A technical book is supposed to be as simple and comprehensive as possible. Unfortunately, as detailed as it was, this book lacked simplicity. It is somehow hard and complicated for a beginner in Literature studies to process all the new information in just a few hours. I personally prefer Yale's Handbook of Literary Terms and The Anthem Dictionary of Literary Terms and Theory even though they may not be as complete.I should also point out that referring to only one of these books during the process of study does not suffice.

  • Monica
    2018-10-18 02:40

    This book would be the very best choice if anyone intends to get the cocktail knowledge in literature. Term after term, you would get dazzled in this pool——or the sea——of signifiers. And then being furnished with those techniqucal terms, your talk would shine with a gloss of wisdom (or wit?). Well, it is exactly the very charm of this glossary.   Tracing the terms one from another, a chain, a circle, or even a net of signifers would come out with malicious sense of guile. You sit down, and read the term, let's say,"Victorian Novel". Then you would inevitably jump to the next "Realism", then "Naturalism", and "conventions", "structuralism", "post-structuralism"...After following all those "isms", the reader would suddently find him or her had been trapped, whirling in a playful abysm.

  • Sarah
    2018-10-04 22:51

    Very, very useful as a glossary of literary terms, as the book is named. The next time I read this, it shall be for the purpose of looking up a term or reference, as a dictionary ought to be used. I regard this as a treasure chest of interesting trivia and other information. Each term is very neatly discussed, explained and elaborated. But perhaps I ought to admit: I have skimmed through many pages, especially towards the end of the book - mainly, I'm not that interested in the subject matter, and at present all this information really isn't of much use to me since I don't academically study Literature anymore.

  • Nima
    2018-10-09 03:50

    This glossary is the most referred book I guess in history for English students around the world among the other book(Norton anthology of this writer)you might wonder why I'm saying this?O..there's nothing in the world which can not be find in this book!Simply if you're an English student or even a Literature student to be precise, hold this book!It's gonna be your closest friend on earth after your pet :-)As I mentioned above this is a reference book mainly because it's functionality is as same as all other dictionaries you can find all over the world but this one is like a technical dictionary for whom?Yeah..for English[Read it "Literature"] students !Good luck

  • Nikhilesh
    2018-10-01 20:36

    RIP M.H. Abrams. we are immeasurably indebted to you. Nothing can beat this book when you need help with concepts and facts. it's an amazing mixture of encyclopedic literary history, analysis, theory and of course literary terms. it's elegant and precise. highly recommended for a thorough grounding and even getting started with English literature. But what Abrams has given us will serve generations to come.

  • Charles
    2018-10-02 23:39

    If you ever find yourself confused by terms used in criticism or English and literature classes, this is the work to read!M.H. Abrams has a clear writing style and he definitely has a love of literature and this comes across well in this seemingly dry work that any word-nerd will enjoy. Pedants may find satisfaction in this work as well, using it to bludgeon their lesser informed peers with literary terms. (Pendants beware: random blogs and internet forums do not count as peers and friends!)

  • Nolan Flavin
    2018-10-06 02:25

    Read the title. If it interests you, read the book. If it does not interest you, neither will the book.Also, Abrams and Harpham always note some iconic works of criticism at the end of each definition; those are good starting places for research, or for getting up to date with with literary criticism.

  • Erika S
    2018-09-26 23:52

    Infinitely useful.

  • Shibam Karmakar
    2018-10-23 00:49

    a very helpful book for the students of literature to get acquainted with numerous terms

  • Trishwah
    2018-09-25 04:53

    This was a pre-Internet essential.

  • Sonstepaul
    2018-10-01 00:24

    Indispensable.

  • John
    2018-10-18 03:52

    This a must for anyone's library. It explains and examines with examples all english used literary terms. I've used it to the point of worn covers and pages. Highly recommended.

  • Mariyah Rahman
    2018-09-23 21:27

    a compact knowledge bank of literary terms...very useful for students of english literature.

  • Annalisa
    2018-10-20 23:44

    I've used this as a resource for years, but I read it from cover to cover for the first time ever. Studying for the Praxis is such fun.

  • Julia
    2018-10-04 00:28

    Yay No MORE COMPS.

  • Camden
    2018-10-23 04:46

    I read this almost straight-through my freshman year, even though it's just a glossary. Very thorough and, somehow, fun.

  • Julie
    2018-10-06 02:47

    Indispensible. I was always referring to it during my Lit Crit degree. Explanations of theories of literary criticism were so much easier to understand when this book was close by.

  • Marshall Wayne Lee
    2018-09-22 01:29

    Yes I'm currently reading this letter by letter.