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on 14 May 2006
A good dictionary of literary terms, but by no means an introduction to theory. The scope is so vast that no one field is covered in encyclopedic depth: you'll find rhetorical figures such as "antiphora" (but not its synonyms "antipophora" or "hypophora") and the oft-overlooked "asteismus" (useful, but no examples), but not "diacope"; meanwhile, as another reviewer complained, contemporary literary theory is not given much space. The choice of entries sometimes seems idiosyncratic in its desire to be all-encompassing, particularly in dealing with literatures outside the English or Classical traditions (few readers will probably come to this book looking for "loa", "p'ing hua" or "rannaigheacht bheag"), but as concise explanations of the "generacion de 1898" are not so easy to come by, there's no reason to regret their presence here. On the whole, you can find more depth in a library, but it's a very convenient book to have on your shelf. (Refers to the 4th edition, 1998.)
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