A Glossary of Literary Terms , Ninth Edition by M.H., Harpham, Geoffrey Abrams

By M.H., Harpham, Geoffrey Abrams

First released fifty years in the past, A thesaurus OF LITERARY phrases is still a necessary textual content for all critical scholars of literature. Now totally up-to-date to mirror the most recent scholarship on contemporary and quickly evolving severe theories, the 9th version incorporates a whole thesaurus of crucial literary phrases awarded as a sequence of enticing essays that discover the phrases, position them in context, and recommend comparable entries and extra examining. This necessary, authoritative, and hugely reasonable reference covers phrases important in discussing literature and literary heritage, idea, and feedback. excellent as a center textual content for introductory literary conception or as a complement to any literature direction, this vintage paintings is a useful reference that scholars can proceed to take advantage of all through their educational careers.

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A number of recent folk singers, including Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez, themselves compose ballads; most of these, however, such as “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde” (about a notorious gangster and his moll), are closer to the journalistic “broadside ballad” than to the archaic and heroic mode of the popular ballads in the Child collection. A broadside ballad is a ballad that was printed on one side of a single sheet (called a “broadside”), dealt with a current event or person or issue, and was sung to a well-known tune.

Ginsberg’s Howl (1956) is a central Beat achievement in its breathless, chanted celebration of the down-and-out and the subculture of drug users, social misfits, and compulsive wanderers, as well as in representing the derangement of the intellect and the senses effected by sexual abandon, drugged hallucinations, and religious ecstasies. ) A representative and influential novel of the movement is Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (1958). While the Beat movement was short-lived, it left its imprint on the subjects and forms of many writers of the 1960s and 1970s; see counterculture, under Periods of American Literature.

From the mid-seventeenth century on, there was a great increase in literacy and in the demand by the general public for literary and all other types of books. The accessibility and affordability of books was greatly expedited, beginning in the nineteenth century, by the invention of machines—powered first by steam, then by electricity—for producing paper and type, printing and binding books, and reproducing illustrations. In the twentieth century, and even more in the present era, the primacy of the printed book for recording and disseminating all forms of information has been challenged by the invention and rapid proliferation of electronic media for processing texts and images.

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