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Contents: Literary Terms

(Capitals denote key entries)


AUTHOR

authorisation

BINARY OPPOSITION

CHARACTER

CLASS

false consciousness

CODE

character code / plot code / suspense code / structural code / cultural code

CONTEXT

CONVENTIONS

ideological convention / reading convention / technical convention

CRITICISM

CULTURE AND NATURE

naturalisation

DECONSTRUCTION

DENOTATION AND CONNOTATION

DISCOURSE

dominant discourse / alternative discourse / oppositional discourse

ENGLISH CRITICISM

FEMINIST CRITICISM

patriarchy

FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE

simile / metaphor / metonym / personification / symbol

FOREGROUNDING AND PRIVILEGING

GAPS AND SILENCES

GENDER

GENRE

HUMANISM

determinism / liberalism / liberal humanism

IDENTIFICATION

IDENTITY

cultural identity / identity politics

IDEOLOGY

IMAGERY

INTERTEXTUALITY

allusion

LITERATURE

MARXIST CRITICISM

MYTH/MYTHOLOGY

NARRATIVE

story / plot / limited narrator / omniscient narrator / point of view

NATURE

NEW CRITICISM

objective correlative

POINT OF VIEW

narrator / reader positioning / third person point of view / first person point of view

POLYSEMY

POSTCOLONIALISM

colonisation / other

POSTMODERNISM

modernism / pastiche

POST-STRUCTURALISM

marginalised position / institution

POWER

hegemony

PSYCHOANALYTIC CRITICISM

desire / mirroring / other

RACE

ethnicity

READER

ideal reader / implied reader / reading context

READING PRACTICES

resistant reading practice

READINGS

preferred reading / resistant reading / alternative reading

REFLECTION

versions of reality

REPRESENTATION

stereotypes / versions of reality

SEMIOTICS

SILENCES

STRUCTURALISM

STYLE

diction / rhetorical device / sentence organisation / syntax

SUBJECTIVITY

subject position

TEXT

closed text / open text

THEME

motif

VALUES AND ATTITUDES

WRITING

 



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