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The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory (Anglais) Broché – 2 novembre 2011

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The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory is firmly established as a key work of reference in the complex and varied field of literary criticism. Now in its fourth edition, it remains the most comprehensive and accessible work of its kind, and is invaluable for student, teachers and general readers alike.

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J.A. Cuddon was a novelist, travel writer and academic. He died in 1996. The work of finishing off the fourth edition fell to C.E. Preston of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.

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Par Un client le 7 juillet 2002
Format: Broché
Ce dictionnaire représente un très bon outil de recherche pour tout étudiant en littérature ou toute personne qui s'intéresse à la critique littéraire. Les définitions y sont claires et accompagnées de nombreux exemples. Le seul point négatif -à mon humble avis- est qu'il n'est pas exhaustif (mais quel dictionnaire l'est?). En effet, il manque certains termes que je considère comme clés dans la pratique de la critique littéraire. Malgré tout, je le répète, une mine de connaissances fort bien répertoriées.
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Cet ouvrage est très intéressant et utile pour connaître mieux les définitions des termes techniques de l'étude littéraire et les genres littéraires. Il est très utile pour préparer un exposé, par exemple. Seulement, il m'est arrivé à plusieurs reprises de ne pas trouver le terme que je recherchais alors qu'il me semblait incontournable. Malgré tout, ce dictionnaire reste assez complet et tout à fait utile pour un prix très abordable, c'est un bon investissement que je ne regrette pas du tout et qui m'a beaucoup aidé. Je lui donne 3 étoiles et demie.
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Ouvrage intéresssant mais on regrette qu'il n'y ait pas les prononciations (sous forme de transcription phonétique) pour prononcer des mots souvent très compliqués et jamais entendus.
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HASH(0x9975e894) étoiles sur 5 Bean Counters Literary Dream 24 décembre 2002
Par Bucherwurm - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
You get a lot of value for the money with this one. For a reasonable price you get almost 1000 pages of literary information. Every obscure literary term imaginable is here, but that's not why I am taking the time to praise this handy little volume. It's a browsers dream.
What I found most interesting were the lengthy sections on genres. There are pages devoted to specific types of novels, dramas, and poems. There are luxuriously long sections on science fiction novels, crime fiction, pastoral writings, short stories, gothic fiction, comic drama, and a host of other such topics. When you go to the short story section, for instance, you will find 12 pages dedicated to coverage of authors and their works dating from biblical times to the present (1998). I quickly found recommended writers that I hadn't known along with those I was well acquainted with. Although this book was inexpensive, I have spent many times its purchase price buying new books that I found referenced in this Dictionary. There are no individual entries for authors or their works in this book. For that you need to go to books like the Oxford, Cambridge, New York Public Library or Benet's literature reference works.
In poetry sections you will find examples of the type of verse being discussed. You will be amused at some of the entries provided under "light verse" and "limericks". There is even a heading for "shaggy dog story".
Any weaknesses to the book? Well there are a few. This book has a single author, unlike many reference works that have a group of contributors. This can lead to weak sections that are outside the solo author's expertise. Every reader will find a favorite author or two missing from the genre sections. I was appalled, for instance, to find no mention of Flannery O'Connor in the section on American short story authors. As the author is English, there may also be a slight bias toward English writers. I was also somewhat annoyed that Mr. Cuddon often -but not always- didn't take the time to give a foreign title its English translation. Would it have hurt him to list the Victor Hugo novel as "Toilers of the Sea" instead of "Les Travailleurs de le Mer"?
I am a hopeless book addict, and this little reference work really made my day(s).
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HASH(0x9975e1f8) étoiles sur 5 As fascinating as literature itself. 12 mai 2000
Par Piotr Szymczak - Publié sur
Format: Broché
This addictive dictionary can be (and frequently is, I believe) read from cover to cover. Hundreds of fascinating poetic forms, genres and movements are covered, the definitions are informative and often ironically detached (note the studiedly lapidary comments on Welsh poetry), virtually all major European literatures are taken into account, plus there are comments on Slavonic folklore, Korean poetry, Welsh prosody, and ancient Greek literary theory.
The wiring and plumbing of the book, its cross-referencing system, is admirably done and very helpful, luring the reader into a rollercoaster ride across centuries.
Another notable quality is the rich number of examples, especially of the titles of a legion of important / interesting / fascinating / demented literary works often buried in the sands of time. Unfortunately, however, many metric and strophic forms must go without illustration for reasons of space: a fact deplored by Cuddon himself in the preface.
But this does not detract from the book's worth: its logical structure and lucid explanations, combined with its author's awesome erudition, make this a priceless reference work.
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HASH(0x9a790bc4) étoiles sur 5 A must-have for students and teachers of literature 23 septembre 2003
Par Debbie Lee Wesselmann - Publié sur
Format: Broché
This comprehensive dictionary of literary terms covers much, much more than any other book I've found. It concisely defines literary periods, critical schools, artistic movements, techniques, genres, structural elements, and the derivations of each. No term is too obscure for this volume. Want to know what a rime équivoquée is? Forget what is meant by post-modernism? What was the Florida Street group and with whom did the members identify? Need classic examples of a parody? How does the word "forensics" apply to poetry? You'll find it all in this book of nearly 1000 pages.
This is a highly valuable book for anyone deeply interested in literature and its expressions.
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HASH(0x9ad65888) étoiles sur 5 Encyclopedic information. But... on newsprint? 12 juin 2003
Par - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Under twenty dollars for a well thought-out, expertly assembled dictionary of over a thousand pages makes this Penguin an excellent purchase. As for the content, I will simply "second" the observations of earlier reviewers - and recommend that you look through their notes below to be sure this is what you want. This review is just to offer...
One CAVEAT: This inch-and-three-quarters paperback is extremely valuable and deserves to get well thumbed-over by any student of English literature or criticism in general. One could only wish that the publisher had released it in a "quality paperback" format that would better survive such thumbing. The present release (a 2000 paperback reissue of the 1998 hardback) is closer in quality to a mass market paperback, with newsprint grade paper, etc. Annotators and highlighters will find their inks bleeding severely through the pages.
Unfortunately, few of us will have the C-note to lay out for the (presumably much better produced) hardback edition... which would be a *real* treat to keep at one's writing table. Until you win the lottery(or Penguin releases a quality paperback), grab the affordable paperback: it's rewarding enough to keep you *wanting* to highlight, although disappointing when you do.
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HASH(0x9a5b6114) étoiles sur 5 ENGLISH MAJORS . . . BUY THIS NOW! 4 février 2000
Par Richard Farias - Publié sur
Format: Broché
If you are an English major (as I am) then this is the positively best dictionary you can buy for literary terms and theory. Although it is not regarded as the "most authoritative" source around (that distinction probably goes to MH Abrhams' "Glossary of Literary Terms"), this book is thorough and enlightening. Plus, it's published by Penguin, which means it is basically approved and endorsed by Oxford. This book is by far the most comprehensive of its kind. Buy it, or be sorry you didn't!
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