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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A Glossary of Literary Terms by M. 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.
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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 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. 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. View all 12 comments. 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. Shelves: lit-crit. Collectively, they make a great pair. View 2 comments. Jul 15, Nidhi Singh rated it really liked it Shelves: lit-theory. Due to lack of time I had decided to do a selective study, but Abrams lured me into reading the whole of it. Apr 16, Sadia Mansoor rated it really liked it Shelves: literature.
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 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. 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. Nov 27, Roya rated it liked it. 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. View all 11 comments. Over-elaborate where it should be more concise, too concise where more explanation would be appreciated. Apr 01, Amy rated it it was amazing. I can't live without this reference. I would recommend this book to all hose who want to pursue a career in literature or those who simply want to understand a literature in brief.
Abrams explains every point and term in brief and to the point, making it easy for beginners to memories those heavily typical words. Really helpful for understanding literary devices. Jun 17, Shreya Pandey rated it it was amazing Shelves: literary-studies. A must read for any student of literature. I wish I'd listened to my professor who told me in my first semester as an English grad to buy a copy of this book.
It's an essential read. Jan 16, Md Sahil rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So far the best reference book for literary terms I have come across. May 29, Aradhana Yadav rated it it was amazing.
This is a must have for every literature student. Jul 16, Suti rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in-class. Contains a lot of theories and terms, and totally helps me understand in methodology of literary studies class! 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 possib I know this book is well-known and I know how many people praise this book.
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 should also point out that referring to only one of these books during the process of study does not suffice. Feb 08, Monica rated it it was amazing. 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 re This book would be the very best choice if anyone intends to get the cocktail knowledge in literature. 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" 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.
A Glossary of Literary Terms
He received a B. He won a Henry fellowship to Cambridge University in He returned to Harvard University, where he received a Masters' degree in and a Ph. He joined the Cornell University faculty in and taught a popular introductory survey class. While at Cornell in the s, he was asked by publisher W.