A Dictionary of Literary and Thematic Terms (Facts on File by Edward Quinn

By Edward Quinn

A dictionary of greater than 1,000 literary phrases and topics, this ebook offers readers not just a standard literary vocabulary, but in addition the data of similar theoretical, historic, and cultural phrases they want within the interdisciplinary international of latest literary reviews.

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Michael McKeon’s The Origins of the English Novel, 1600–1740 (1987) explores the development of the novel with particular attention to the social and cultural contexts. 41 AUTEUR auteur A term used in film criticism expressing the idea that the “author” of a film—the individual who exercises personal control in the making of a film—is the director. More specifically the term describes a director who has developed an identifiable style and a consistent set of themes in his or her work. The term originally was employed by NEW WAVE film critics of the 1950s, who applied it to Howard Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock, until then regarded as entertaining but not “serious” filmmakers.

The artist/hero theme is rooted in, and a central conception of, ROMANTICISM. The Romantics created two types of artist/hero, the “sensitive plant” and the BYRONIC HERO. The first type is the ineffectual dreamer, too refined for the tawdry reality of ordinary life; the second type is the passionate rebel, mocking both God and man. Goethe’s artist-heroes include both types, the sensitive Werther and the defiant Faust. Charles Dickens departs from this tradition in David Copperfield (1849–50), presenting his novelist/hero as an unexceptional figure, a transparent window through which we view the novel’s other, very colorful characters.

Arcadia An idealized PASTORAL setting. Arcadia is a mountainous region in Greece, celebrated as a rustic setting in classical and Renaissance literature. Sir Philip Sidney’s Arcadia (1587, 1590) is an elaborate, pastoral prose-romance that exerted a strong influence on English Renaissance literature. archetypal criticism See MYTH CRITICISM. archive A place for storing documents or records. In literary studies, the cor- respondence, manuscripts, and personal papers of important writers are stored in major libraries.

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