A Glossary of Literary Terms (10th Edition)
M. H. Abrams, Geoffrey Galt Harpham
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Publish Year note: First published in 2005
First published fifty years ago, A Glossary of Literary Terms remains an essential text for all serious students of literature. Now fully updated to reflect the latest scholarship on recent and rapidly evolving critical theories, the tenth edition contains a complete glossary of essential literary terms presented as a series of engaging essays that explore the terms, place them in context, and suggest related entries and additional reading.
This indispensable, authoritative, and highly affordable reference covers terms useful in discussing literature and literary history, theory, and criticism. Perfect as a core text for introductory literary theory or as a supplement to any literature course, this classic work is an invaluable reference that students can continue to use throughout their academic and professional careers.
GREAT CHAIN OF BEING moods which range from elegiac pensiveness to profound gloom. Examples are Thomas Parnell’s “Night-Piece on Death” (1721), Edward Young’s long Night Thoughts (1742), and Robert Blair’s “The Grave” (1743). The vogue resulted in one of the best-known English poems, Thomas Gray’s “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” (1751). The writing of graveyard poems spread from England to Continental literature in the second part of the century and is represented in America by William
serious trouble with the obtuse authorities. Following the intricate and shifting maneuvers of great ironists like Plato, Swift, Voltaire, Austen, or Henry James is a test of skill in reading between the lines. Some literary works exhibit structural irony; that is, the author, instead of using an occasional verbal irony, introduces a structural feature that serves to sustain a duplex meaning and evaluation throughout the work. One common literary device of this sort is the invention of a naive
learning experience. Cengage Learning reserves the right to remove additional content at any time if subsequent rights restrictions require it. ✵ Preface L iterary studies are always on the move. The purpose of this tenth edition of A Glossary of Literary Terms is to keep the entries current with innovations in critical views and methods, to take into account important new publications in literature, criticism, and scholarship, and also to take advantage of suggestions for improvements and
or primary, level of signification, and at the same time to communicate a second, correlated order of signification. We can distinguish two main types: (1) Historical and political allegory, in which the characters and actions that are signified literally in their turn represent, or “allegorize,” historical personages and events. So in John Dryden’s Absalom and Achitophel (1681), the biblical King David represents Charles II of England, Absalom represents his natural son the Duke of Monmouth, and
texts which, abolishing all repressions, undermine and subvert the fixed signification, the logic, and the “closure” of our phallocentric language, and open out into a joyous freeplay of meanings. Alternatively, Luce Irigaray posits a “woman’s writing” which evades the male monopoly and the risk of appropriation into the existing system by establishing as its generative principle, in place of the monolithic phallus, the diversity, fluidity, and multiple possibilities inherent in the Copyright