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 word list OF LITERARY phrases is still a necessary textual content for all critical scholars of literature. Now absolutely up-to-date to mirror the most recent scholarship on contemporary and swiftly evolving severe theories, the 9th variation incorporates a whole thesaurus of crucial literary phrases offered as a sequence of enticing essays that discover the phrases, position them in context, and recommend comparable entries and extra analyzing. This vital, authoritative, and hugely cheap reference covers phrases necessary in discussing literature and literary heritage, conception, and feedback. excellent as a center textual content for introductory literary thought or as a complement to any literature path, this vintage paintings is a useful reference that scholars can proceed to exploit all through their educational careers.

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1959–72). Popular ballads are still being sung—and collected, now with the help of a tape recorder—in the British Isles and remote rural areas of America. To the songs that early settlers brought with them from Great Britain, America has added native forms of the ballad, such as those sung by lumberjacks, cowboys, laborers, and social protesters. 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.

The shift, in the course of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, from a primarily manuscript culture to a primarily print culture. ) The invention of printing greatly expedited the manufacture and dissemination of printed texts, and so multiplied the number of producers of literary works, and made financially important the specification of the identity and ability of an individual writer, in order to invite support for that individual by the contemporary system of aristocratic and noble patronage.

Autobiography: 26. automatic writing: 202; 357. avant-garde (a0 von-gard00 ): 203. ballad: A short definition of the popular ballad (also called the folk ballad or traditional ballad) is that it is a song, transmitted orally, which tells a story. Ballads are thus the narrative species of folk songs, which originate, and are communicated orally, among illiterate or only partly literate people. In all probability the initial version of a ballad was composed by a single author, but he or she is unknown; and since each singer who learns and repeats an oral ballad is apt to introduce changes in both the text and the tune, it exists in many variant forms.

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