"An indispensable work of reference". (Times Literary Supplement). 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 fifth edition, it remains the most comprehensive and accessible work of its kind, and is invaluable for students, teachers and general readers alike. It gives definitions of technical terms (hamartia, iamb, zeugma) and critical jargon (aporia, binary opposition, intertextuality). It explores literary movements (neoclassism, romanticism, vorticism) and schools of literary theory. It covers genres (elegy, fabliau, pastoral) and literary forms (haiku, ottava rima, sonnet).
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J. A. Cuddon was a writer, school teacher and academic. Best known for his Dictionary of Literary Terms, he also produced the large Dictionary of Sport and Games, as well as several novels, plays and travel books. He also edited two anthologoies of supernatural fiction. He died in 1996. M. A. R. Habib is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University. His recent publications include The Early T.S. Eliot and Western Philosophy (1999), A History of Literary Criticism: From Plato to the Present (Blackwell, 2005) and Modern Literary Criticism and Theory: A History (Blackwell, 2007). He has published articles and presented papers on Plato, Aristotle, Horace, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Marx, Bergson, Freud, Barthes, Derrida and others.