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The Concise Dictionary of Literary Terms (Oxford Paperback Reference) [Paperback]

Chris Baldick
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8 April 2004 Oxford Paperback Reference
Containing over 1,000 of the most troublesome literary terms encountered by students and general readers, this gem of a book gives clear and often witty explanations to terms such as hypertext, multi-accentuality, and postmodernism. It also offers pronunciation guides and suggestions for further reading for many entries. This is the most up-to-date and accessible dictionary of literary terms available, popular with both students and teachers of literature at all levels.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2 edition (8 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198608837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198608837
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.2 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chris Baldick is Professor of English at Goldsmiths' College, University of London. He edited 'The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales' (1992), and is the author of 'In Frankenstein's Shadow' (1987), 'Criticism and Literary Theory 1890 to the Present' (1996), and other works of literary history. He has edited, with Rob Morrison, 'Tales of Terror from Blackwood's Magazine', and 'The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre', and has written an introduction to Charles Maturin's 'Melmoth the Wanderer' (all available in the Oxford World's Classics series).

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4.0 out of 5 stars every english lit student should own this! 25 Jan 2010
As an english Lit student I have found this book very handy indeed. It has clear definitions for most of the terms that might be troubling you and it deffinatly worth having to hand! Highly recomended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much useless... 4 Nov 2005
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This book should be avoided because it really lacks too many terms and thus serves no purpose. People who want a literary terms dictionary probably only want ONE since they are specific and who in their right mind wouldn't want a COMPLETE one?!?

In the preface the author even states that he only picked the most used definitions but again I ask the question why?? Another problem Baldick has is his word selection. Anybody with any business or need to pick this book up probably won't need to look up words such as: act, argument, character, climax, closure, content, etc..

I did use this book to study for the English CSET exams parts I and II and I can recommend it for that. Seeing how little there is out there to study with, I can honestly say this book did help to some degree with my preparation for the test.

Bottom Line: After perusing vairous LT dictionaries, I have come to the conclusion that going to the bookstore is the best method for choosing what you want. You probably won't want to pick this one.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars quite useful 21 Jun 2007
By Barbara Neves - Published on Amazon.com
Although this dictionary may be quite simple, it is exactly this aspect that attracts me the most. As I teach Literature in English to non native speakers of the language, it is very good to have simple and clear definitions which help the students in their researches.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Student/Teacher resource 14 April 2008
By P. Garrett - Published on Amazon.com
Great resource for any literature class. The terms are listed in alpha order and full, yet understandable definitions are given.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 31 July 2014
By Denise Bunch - Published on Amazon.com
Just what daughter needed for class requirement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good review 2 Mar 2009
By Emily Lynch - Published on Amazon.com
The book is in excellent condition. I got in just in time for my class that I need it in.
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