A New Handbook of Literary Terms by David Mikics

By David Mikics

A brand new instruction manual of Literary phrases deals a full of life, informative consultant to phrases and ideas that each pupil of literature must comprehend. Mikics’s definitions are essayistic, witty, discovered, and continually a excitement to learn. They sketch the derivation and historical past of every time period, together with specifically lucid causes of verse varieties and providing a company feel of literary sessions and activities from classicism to postmodernism. The instruction manual additionally provides a precious map to the complex and from time to time complicated terrain of literary thought at first of the twenty-first century: the writer has specific a chain of phrases, from New feedback to queer conception, that serves as a concise yet thorough introduction to fresh advancements in literary learn. Mikics’s guide is perfect for school room use in any respect degrees, from freshman to graduate. teachers can assign person entries, lots of that are well-shaped essays of their personal correct. worthwhile bibliographical feedback are given on the finish of such a lot entries. The Handbook’s stress-free sort and considerate point of view will inspire scholars to browse and examine extra. each reader of literature may want to personal this compact, delightfully written consultant. (20070818)

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On Yeats’s idea of the antithetical see Harold Bloom, Yeats (), and Daniel O’Hara, Tragic Knowledge (). A concept invented, or discovered, by Harold Bloom in The Anxiety of Influence (). ” Bloom’s emphasis is in sharp contrast to the craftsmanlike notion of literary imitation championed by that sturdy maker of poems and plays, Ben Jonson, Shakespeare’s contemporary. ” Jonson, in this passage, seems to neglect the fact that a later author wants to distinguish himself, rather than becoming another Virgil or Ovid.

Bathos is a stylistic and intellectual low point (as distinct from pathos, an emotional height). ” Pope here parodies Longinus’s Peri Hupsous, the famous ancient treatise on the sublime or lofty (see ). ” In their works, passions inevitably coast or plummet downward, from righteous anger to bitter raillery, from love to grasping bawdiness. See Price, To the Palace of Wisdom (). An economically told story with a moral, in which animals dramatize human faults. The genre originated with the ancient Greek writer Aesop, who lived perhaps as early as the sixth century , and some of whose pithy tales are still familiar today.

The art historian Heinrich Wölfflin, in Renaissance and Baroque () and Principles of Art History (), was the key figure in the popularization of baroque as a critical term. In painting and sculpture, Wölfflin writes, the elaborate, expansive, brooding features of baroque style stand in contrast to the restrained and harmonious impact of the high Renaissance. ) In twentieth-century criticism, Erwin Panofsky emphasized the summary, orchestrating grasp of baroque style, whereas Walter Benjamin understood (and cherished) the baroque as an outlandish, fragmentary, and extreme phenomenon.

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