Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory (Penguin reference)

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9780140512274: Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory (Penguin reference)

This edition of an established dictionary of literary terms, is brought up-to-date by the inclusion of new terms from literary theory and structuralist, post-structuralist and deconstructuralist criticism.

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FOLIO

(L folium, `leaf') Made by folding a printer's sheet once only, to form two folios or four pages. It also refers to editions of Shakespeare's plays published after his death: the First Folio appeared in 1623. There were three other in 1632, 1663 and 1685. See DUODECIMO; LEAF; OCTAVO; QUARTO.

SYLLOGISM

(Gk `reckoning together') Deduction, from two propositions containing three terms of which one appears in both, of a conclusion that is true if they are true. A stock example is: All men are mortal; Greeks are men; so all Greeks are mortal. `Men' is the middle term. `Mortal', the second term in the conclusion, is the major term and the premise in which it occurs is the major premise. `Greeks' is the minor term and its premise the minor premise.

THEATRICALISM

A concept and theory of dramatic presentation which developed in Russia and Germany in the early years of the 20th C. It was strongly opposed to naturalism (q.v.) and was in favour of the principle that theatre is theatre and is a representation of life - and is not life itself. Nevertheless, naturalistic drama (q.v.), like the well-made play (q.v.), has continued to be popular.

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The fourth edition of J.A. Cuddon's classic dictionary has been thoroughly revised and updated to maintain it as the most comprehensive and accessible work of its kind currently available, for students, teachers and general readers alike. Expanded to include many new entries, it has been improved throughout, in places rendered more concise, in others amended and extended, with both major and minor additions. The work of the third edition, to cover the schools and various terminologies of literary theory is continued, without compromising coverage afforded to more traditional critical terms and topics.

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