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The Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms

The Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms
Author: N/A
ISBN 13: 9780312461881
ISBN 10: 312461887
Edition: 3rd
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication Date: 2008-11-18
Format: Paperback
Pages: 624
List Price: N/A

Like its highly praised and widely adopted predecessor, the second edition of The Bedford Glossary presents definitions of more than 700 literary and critical terms for today's student. The second edition features many additional terms, both traditional and recent, with a greater array of examples that make it an even more useful and informative reference than before.

Clear, succinct, and lively definitions of more than 700 terms. The glossary not only presents the most up-to-date definitions of traditionally essential literary terms, but also covers many new terms that reflect changes in the way literature is now being taught. Its definitions of current critical terms are adapted from those in the Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism series, edited by Ross Murfin, which has introduced almost three-quarters of a million students to the literary critical terminology of our time.

Examples drawn from literature and popular culture. In addition to illustrative examples gleaned from canonical and contemporary literature, the glossary uses hundreds of references to the popular culture that students know and enjoy, such as television, movies, music, newspapers, and comic books, to make them understand how "literariness" is embedded in their daily lives.

Designed to be a handy and simple reference. Arranged alphabetically, the entries are extensively cross-referenced. An index of authors and works allows quick access to examples cited in the entries, and an alphabetical list of terms on the end papers provides a quick overview of all the terms defined in the book.

A price attractive to today's students. With a net price significantly lower than that of comparable textbook literary dictionaries, The Bedford Glossary is an inexpensive investment that students will use for years in their literature courses.


Compact but comprehensive, the dictionary presents current definitions of more than 700 terms<-->illustrated with examples from both canonical literature and contemporary popular culture. The entries adapt and greatly expand materials from the popular Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism series. Extensively cross-referenced and written with unusual verve, they are designed to meet the needs of readers studying literature and criticism today. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.