- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: OUP Oxford; 3 edition (20 Mar. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199208271
- ISBN-13: 978-0199208272
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (Oxford Quick Reference) Paperback – 20 Mar 2008
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Review from previous edition This dictionary's virtues and its plain-spokenness make it ... as apt to the bedside table as to the desk: Dr Baldick is a Brewer for specialized tastes (Times Literary Supplement)
fun to read ... first rate (Toronto Globe and Mail)
About the Author
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 The Oxford English Literary History, Volume 10 (1910-1940): The Modern Movement (2004), 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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Top Customer Reviews
It has all kinds of entries from all genres, dictionary style, and gives recommendations for further reading within the definitions.
My work and general understanding of the literary terms has greatly improved, and I know I can always consult this!
The book is well organised and I've been impressed with the willingness of the writer(s?) to refer to examples and then print them. Such as under 'sibilance' which I recently had to look up; the book describes what the term means "The marked reference of the 'hissing' sounds known as sibilants", then gives examples such as "(usually spelt s, sh, zh, c)" then says where it's usually used "The effect, also known as sigmatism after the Greek letter sigma, is often exploited in poetry, as in Longfellow's lines" and then a proper example: "Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing;\ Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness".
It's arranged alphabetically and there's a pronunciation guide at the front (which I've never used as I'm only reading or writing these terms).
Looking through the terms, it's pretty broad what they've included. For example I wouldn't have expected to find synaesthesia in there, as it's not a literary term, but it says it's found in poetry including Keats.
So yes, I do recommend this book to all students and scholars of literature, particularly those who are expected to understand and use poetic terms.
I recommend this book to anyone teaching A Level English Literature.
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Very useful reference book, handy to have at hand when reading or writing.Published 5 months ago by Pauline db
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