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A dictionary of literary terms and literary theory /
J.A. Cuddon ; revised by M. A. R. Habib ; associate editors, Matthew Birchwood, Vedrana Velickovic, Martin Dines and Shanyn Fiske.
edition
5th ed.
imprint
Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, 2013.
description
xviii, 784 p. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
1444333275 (Cloth), 9781444333275 (Cloth)
format(s)
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1991-12:
Cuddon has stiff competition from M.H. Abrams (A Glossary of Literary Terms, 5th ed., 1988); Roger Fowler (A Dictionary of Modern Critical Terms,, 1973); Northrop Frye et al. (Harper Handbook to Literature, CH, Jul'85); and C.H. Holman and W. Harmon (A Handbook to Literature, 5th ed., CH, Mar'87) and Cuddon is not a convincing winner. His scope resembles Frye's or Holman's but is more truly international; coverage of theater and rhetoric beats that of Abrams and Fowler hands down; at 2000+ entries Cuddon easily outweighs Abrams or Fowler and also exceeds Holman or Frye. Cross-references abound, the text is visually friendly, and Cuddon's tone has a certain personal charm. Problems of balance noted about the first edition (CH, Jan'78) remain, however. Worse, Cuddon's writing leaves the unsettling impression of being both sketchy and prolix, burying definitions or general statements in a blur of lists and chronological details or fussing about how difficult a definition is. Entries for "discourse," "modernism," and "postmodernism" provide names and titles but no adequate conceptual framework; "novel" and "pornography" similarly want both focus and a sense of the important social questions that inform scholarly discussion. Compared to Abrams, Cuddon is not as clear or sophisticated; his writing notably lacks the intellectual and expository control that Abrams's notably has. Cuddon's inclusiveness recommends ready reference desk use, but libraries that have Abrams, either Frye or Holman, and a handbook of rhetorical terms will not need Cuddon's dictionary.-R. H. Kieft, Haverford College
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Review Quotes
"In an age of fast googling, this will remain an indispensable tool for students..."- Jean-Michel Rabaté, University of Pennsylvania "This dictionary has been a standard resource for years, but this new edition, with a new editor, provides a timely remake, with strategic nipping and tucking of previous entries and adding a good many new entries that keep pace with all thats happened in literary study over the past three decades. The best single source of terms old and new. "- Jeffrey J Williams, Carnegie Mellon University
"In an age of fast googling, this will remain an indispensable tool for students..."- Jean-Michel Rabaté, University of Pennsylvania "This dictionary has been a standard resource for years, but this new edition, with a new editor, provides a timely remake, with strategic nipping and tucking of previous entries and adding a good many new entries that keep pace with all that's happened in literary study over the past three decades. The best single source of terms old and new. "- Jeffrey J Williams, Carnegie Mellon University
"Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduate students in English and comparative literatures; general readers." ( Choice , 1 August 2013)
"Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduate students in English and comparative literatures; general readers." ( Choice , 1 August 2013) "In an age of fast googling, this will remain an indispensable tool for students..."-- Jean-Michel Rabaté, University of Pennsylvania "This dictionary has been a standard resource for years, but this new edition, with a new editor, provides a timely remake, with strategic nipping and tucking of previous entries and adding a good many new entries that keep pace with all that's happened in literary study over the past three decades. The best single source of terms old and new. "-- Jeffrey J Williams, Carnegie Mellon University
"In an age of fast googling, this will remain an indispensable tool for students..."-- Jean-Michel Rabat, University of Pennsylvania "This dictionary has been a standard resource for years, but this new edition, with a new editor, provides a timely remake, with strategic nipping and tucking of previous entries and adding a good many new entries that keep pace with all that's happened in literary study over the past three decades. The best single source of terms old and new. "-- Jeffrey J Williams, Carnegie Mellon University
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Summaries
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The fifth edition of J. A. Cuddon's classic dictionary updates what has become an indispensable resource for students and teachers at all levels. Incorporating recent literary terminology, the new edition adds many new entries whilst refining existing topics to ensure currency and balance of coverage. Building on the already broad historical and cultural range, new entries pay particular attention to gender studies and queer theory, postcolonial theory, poststructuralism, postmodernism, narrative theory, and cultural studies. With many new entries and sensitive edits of existing material, this fifth edition places the charm, wit, and scope of Cuddon's original work firmly in the twenty-first century.
Bowker Data Service Summary
The fifth edition of Cuddon's classic dictionary has been thoroughly revised and updated to maintain its position as the most comprehensive and accessible work of its kind currently available, for students, teachers and general readers alike.
Long Description
The fifth edition of J.A. Cuddon's classic dictionary updates what has become an indispensable resource for students and teachers at all levels. Incorporating recent literary terminology, the new edition adds many new entries whilst refining existing topics to ensure currency and balance of coverage. Building on the already broad historical and cultural range, new entries pay particular attention to gender studies and queer theory, post-colonial theory, post-structuralism, post-modernism, narrative theory, and cultural studies. Replete with new entries and sensitive edits of existing material, this fifth edition places the charm and wit of Cuddon's original work firmly in the 21st Century.
Main Description
With new entries and sensitive edits, this fifth edition places J.A. Cuddon's indispensable dictionary firmly in the 21st Century. Written in a clear and highly readable style Comprehensive historical coverage extending from ancient times to the present day Broad intellectual and cultural range Expands on the previous edition to incorporate the most recent literary terminology New material is particularly focused in areas such as gender studies and queer theory, post-colonial theory, post-structuralism, post-modernism, narrative theory, and cultural studies. Existing entries have been edited to ensure that topics receive balanced treatment

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