Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-01-29
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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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

Author Biography


J. A. Cuddon was a renowned academic, essayist, novelist, playright, and travel writer.  He died in March 1996.

Edited by

M. A. R. Habib, Professor of English, Rutgers University. His books include the highly acclaimed A History of Literary Criticism: From Plato to the Present (Blackwell, 2005), Modern Literary Criticism and Theory: A History (2008), Literary Criticism from Plato to the Present: An Introduction (2011), and the Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Vol. VI: the Nineteenth Century (ed., 2012).

Associate Editors

Dr Matthew Birchwood is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at  Kingston University, London

Dr Martin Dines is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Kingston University, London

Dr Shanyn Fiske is  Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University (Camden, NJ)

Dr Vedrana Velickovic is Lecturer in English Literature at the  University of Brighton


Table of Contents

Preface to the Fifth Edition by M. A. R. Habib vi

Preface to the Fourth Edition by C. E. Preston viii

Preface to the Third Edition by J. A. Cuddon x

Acknowledgements xvi

List of Abbreviations xvii

A-Z of Entries 1-784

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