The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (Oxford Paperback Reference) Paperback – 5 Sep 1991
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"Good coverage from the classical to the contemporary."--David G. Hale, State University of New York at Brockport"Clearly and concisely written. It is the most up-to-date and comprehensive of such 'concise' handbooks."--Robert W. Lewis, University of North Dakota"Of the many recent dictionaries of literary terms, Baldick's is the one most likely to satisfy today's student....The explanations are clear and succinct, and often employ illustrative examples."--Library Journal (in a starred review)"This is an excellent "pocket-sized" reference paperback at a reasonable price."--Dr. Robert C. Rice, Christendom College"This is just what our English majors need. It's up to date, to the point, and inexpensive."--Preston Harper, Albilene Christian University"Excellent, one of the best on the market, level just right for undergraduates."--Sabine Gross, University of Wisconsin/Madison
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About the Author Chris Baldick is Senior Lecturer in English at Edge Hill College of Higher Education in Ormskirk, Scotland.
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For more *depth* of coverage for important literary concepts and controversies, serious literary students will more appreciate the BEDFORD Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms (Murfin & Ray, 1998). While the Oxford aims more at comprehensiveness in including terms (so that the reader can find "memoir-novel" and "misprision" for example), the Bedford strives for depth of explorations and interrelations of terms (a dictionary that could be considered "authored" as well as edited) - see review at ISBN 0312115601 .
In summary, OXFORD is a *concise* dictionary; PENGUIN is a comprehensive dictionary; BEDFORD is a stimulating exploration and integration of terms and concepts.
Baldick's choices cover a wide range of history, geography, and ideology--from the Senecan tragedy to the campus novel, from the haiku to the Petrarchan sonnet, from Romanticism to Russian Formalism. Particularly useful is his inclusion of many originally non-English terms: "Sturm und Drang," "bricolage," and many more.
Of course, no project of this nature can be exhaustive, particularly when it is crammed into 246 pages. And yet, I wonder at the rationale behind some of Baldick's inclusions and omissions. Why, for example, is there an entry for Homeric, but none for Dickensian? For the Harlem Renaissance, but not for the Black Arts Movement? For Brechtian, but not for Kafkaesque? For logocentrism, but not for phallocentrism? For science fiction, but not for horror? For braggadocio, but not for tragic mulatta?
Nevertheless, this is still one of my favorite reference works. So if you're planning a Festschrift, if you're contemplating a revival of Vorticism, or if you want to spice up your latest jeremiad with some Spoonerisms, check out this book. It will make you feel like a true skald!
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