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The Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2014
I have been a high school English teacher for fifteen years and am completing my MA in English Studies this semester. I have a number of guides and dictionaries of literary terms and theories at home, and this is by far the best. It is the clearest and most thorough of all my reference books. The entries are cross-referenced and indexed, and often this guide clarifies questions that arose when I read other guides. This is a must-have for anyone working on literary analysis!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2011
A great product to have if you have any sort of literary research to do. Whether you're a teacher or just a student, this guide has an extensive selection of terms. It is extremely detailed in its explanations and examples. A great edition to any English lover's bookshelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2012
by Ross Murfin and Supriya M Ray

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Reviewed by C. J. Singh (Berkeley, CA)
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The third edition of this comprehensive glossary of critical and literary extends to 593 pages. Of the numerous entries I have read, I will focus on a typical to illustrate the book's writing.

The term anachrony (pages 15-17) is first succinctly introduced as "the literary technique of presenting material out of chronological order...." The next paragraph elaborates: "There are three major types of anachrony: (1) analepsis, the insertion of scenes that have occurred in the past; (2) prolepsis, the insertion of scenes that take place in the future; and (3) ellipsis, the omission of material in a narrative that creates a chronological gap. Analepsis, the most common form of which is flashback...." The eight-paragraph entry on anachrony runs to nearly 750 words.

The subsequent paragraphs of this entry explain prolepsis as flashforward and the contribution of reader-response critic Gerard Genette, who "classified anachrony in greater detail, distinguishing internal, external, partial, completing, and repeating analepses and prolepses." Examples cited include selections from Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," Shakespeare's "Hamlet," the film "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," TV Series "The Simpsons (1989-), and a reproduction of one of Gary Larson's cartoons "The Far Side."

Within the entry bold face words lead to separate entries on narratives, plots, analepsis, prolepsis, ellipsis, gap, flashback, flashforward, figure of speech, reader response critic, character, protagonist, and figurative. These links ensure the accessibility to readers at all levels.

Want to look up Mikhail Bakhtin's contributions to critical theory? The detailed index will lead you to a dozen pages of entries on his books "The Dialogic Imagination," "Problems of Doestoevsky's Poetics," and "Rabelais and His World."

Citations throughout the handook include works by canonical writers as well as contemporaries such as Isabel Allende, Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie, Amy Tan, Zadie Smith, and J.K. Rowlings' "Harry Potter" series.

In their aim, stated in the preface, "to produce a glossary that is accessible and enjoyable," Ross Murfin and Supriya M Ray succeed admirably.

Excellent handbook.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2010
The book is very informative and gives an overwhelming amount of information about various contexts of literature. I'm using it for a literary analysis class and it's already proven to be helpful. I'm definitely going to keep it after this semester ends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2013
As an English Major in my undergraduate, this book was my salvation! Anything you can think of regarding English is in this book. It is extremely helpful and I would recommend it to anyone studying the language.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2013
This book is an excellent resource for literature students and English majors. It is so useful for literary analysis writing.
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on December 8, 2014
I'm a published writer and writing coach. I love this book. I first read it as a Master's student and return to it over and over and often use it in my classes. Highly recommend it to serious writers and teachers.
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on August 22, 2014
Love it! gives a great insight on literature and writing.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2013
I have not had much use for this product it has been outdated for my studies. However, the shipment did arrived in excellent condition and the price was very reasonable even though I do not get to use this book much. Thanks Leslie.
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on February 16, 2015
It has everything we need, clearly organized.
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