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Chief terms used in discussing literature, literary history and literary criticism.

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Avant-garde is a prominent feature of modernism. It was a small, self-conscious group of artists and authirs who deliberately undertook "to make it new", in Ezra Pound's phrase. The group set out to ...

Domain: Literature; Category: Literary terms

An authoritative argument or report serves to establish what counts as the true facts and values within the fictional world. This is the fashion inwhich many of the greatest novelists have written, ...

Domain: Literature; Category: Literary terms

An aubade - from the old French "alba", meaning dawn - is an early morning song whose usual motif is an urgent request to the beloved to wake up. A familiar example is Shakespeare's "Hark, hark, the ...

Domain: Literature; Category: Literary terms

An atmosphere is the emotional tone pervading a section or the whole of a literary work, which fosters in the reader expectations as to the course of events, whether happy (or more commonly) ...

Domain: Literature; Category: Literary terms

In an aside a character expresses to the audience his or her thought or intention in a short speech which, by convention, is inaudible to the other characters on the stage. This device, common in ...

Domain: Literature; Category: Literary terms

An argument is a statement by the narrator in which he invokes a muse or guiding spirit to inspire him in his great undertaking and then to address to the muse his epic question. Another phrase for ...

Domain: Literature; Category: Literary terms

Applied criticism, or practical criticism, concerns itself with the discussion of particular works and writers. In an applied critique, the theoretical principles controlling the mode of analysis, ...

Domain: Literature; Category: Literary terms

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