By Edward Quinn
In transparent, non-technical language, this dictionary of greater than 1,000 literary phrases and subject matters takes an multiplied view of the time period "literary." This e-book offers readers not just a standard literary vocabulary, but in addition the data of comparable theoretical, historic, and cultural phrases they want within the interdisciplinary international of latest literary reviews. New entries contain: conventional literary phrases and subject matters, corresponding to individualism, skepticism, and the Odysseus/Ulysses subject; literary themes that experience develop into more and more renowned lately, reminiscent of terrorism and criminal literature; and matters perennially well known between writers, akin to alcoholism, baseball, and vampirism. good points comprise: clean definitions and examples of normal literary and similar phrases reminiscent of meter, antagonist, and New feedback; essays on significant issues in literature akin to evil, energy, love, dying, time, and extra; phrases with regards to multicultural and feminist literature; significant modern theoretical phrases, with transparent definitions and examples; tradition phrases from movie, tv, psychology, background, and different fields with regards to literature; references for additional analyzing; and wide cross-references
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This garment too, I would they had denied; Thee with thyself they have too richly clad, Opening the purple wardrobe of thy side. O never could be found garments too good For thee to wear, but these, of thy own blood. For a wide-ranging study of the term, see Wylie Sypher’s Four Stages of Renaissance Style: 1400–1700 (1955). ” But in the United States, and increasingly in Japan, the sport that most writers are attracted to is baseball. Its literary appeal lies in its rich store of myth, ritual, and history, most of which is absorbed by Americans in their early years, when the imagination is most impressionable.
Frazier’s study took on added significance when T. S. Eliot cited it as a source of The Waste Land (1922). The second great influence of anthropology on literary study has been STRUCTURALISM, specifically the work of the French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss. Lévi-Strauss’s study of primitive society, in which he noted the universal tendency to classify and order according to some principle—for example, the contrast between raw and cooked (The Raw and the Cooked, 1964)—provided one of the key elements of structuralism for literary critics, the notion of BINARY OPPOSITION as basic to human thought.
Two analysts of POPULAR CULTURE, John Fiske and John Hartley, have argued that the role of the ancient bard in modern society has been assumed by television. ” Fiske and Hartley’s analysis appears in Reading Television (1978). 47 BARDOLATRY bardolatry A term used to describe an excessive devotion to Shakespeare. In the literature of the late 18th century there developed a sense of the greatness of Shakespeare’s work that viewed him as the precursor of ROMANTICISM. ” An example of a bardolater in 20th-century literature is the figure of James Tyrone in Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1940).