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A glossary of contemporary literary theory
Hawthorn, Jeremy.
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Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
London : Arnold ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
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xvi, 400 pages ; 24 cm

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PN44.5 .H37 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Now in its fourth edition, the critically acclaimed Glossary of Contemporary Literary Theory has been thoroughly revised and expanded to include over 70 important new terms and usages from this volatile and fast-changing field.

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The third edition of Hawthorn's Glossary is a third longer than the first (CH, Oct'92), whose arrangement and features it retains. Abundant cross-references help map almost 800 entries for the technical language of literary theory as it has developed since 1970; roughly half are see references to longer entries. No pronunciation guidance is given, and entries range in length from a sentence to seven pages. Front matter rehearses the controversy about "arcane" language, explains editorial conventions and selection criteria, groups terms by 22 schools and movements, and offers annotated bibliographies both of other glossaries and, by theoretical approach, of readers, anthologies, and introductory texts. The concluding bibliography of works cited will help collection developers as well as readers. The clean, supple writing highlights the difficulty and contested nature of terms, some of which assiduously elude lexical clarification. Doubly helpful because it both defines terms and advises on next-step reading, Hawthorn is more comprehensive than The Columbia Dictionary of Modern Literary and Cultural Criticism, ed. by Joseph Childers (CH, Sep'95), is a good companion to Michael Payne's more broadly conceived A Dictionary of Cultural and Critical Theory (CH, Jul'96), and complements M. H. Abrams' A Glossary of Literary Terms (CH, Sep'93), William Harmon and C. Hugh Holman's A Handbook to Literature (7th ed., 1996), and Ross Murfin and Supriya M. Ray's The Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms (CH, Jun'98), which cover the "traditional" vocabulary of literary criticism. All humanities collections. R. H. Kieft; Haverford College