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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms-Chris Baldick

  • Title: The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms
  • Author: Chris Baldick
  • Released: 1990-09-20
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  • Pages: 246
  • ISBN: 0198117337
  • ISBN13: 978-0198117339
  • ASIN: 0198117337

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From Library Journal Of the many recent dictionaries of literary terms, Baldick's is the one most likely to satisfy today's student. Rejecting "encyclopaedic completeness," it omits commonly understood general terms that are not specifically literary (e.g., art, culture, etc.). Included instead are "many terms generated by the growth of academic literary theory in recent years." The explanations are clear and succinct, and often employ illustrative examples. An uncommon feature of this work is its pronunciation guide, applied to some 200 of the 1000 terms here defined. In addition to the attention paid to the terminology of classical rhetoric, there is a distinct emphasis on French deconstructionist terms derived from Derrida, Barthes, et al. Baldick's chief rival is Northrop Frye's Harper Handbook to Literature (1985), which is more comprehensive but lacks Baldick's currency. For larger libraries and academic collections.
- Jeffrey R. Luttrell, Youngstown State Univ., Ohio
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review
"This dictionary's virtues and its plain-spokenness make it...as apt to the bedside table as to the desk."--Times Literary Supplement


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