The Columbia Dictionary of Modern Literary and Cultural Criticism
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What does Jacques Derrida mean by "Differance?" Who coined the important term "Ideology" that we use so widely today? How can "Object Relations" theory be used in the study of literature? Can someone explain what "Deconstruction" really means? For the uninitiated, reading literary and cultural criticism can be a daunting task, simply because of its admittedly complex, arcane language that tends to elude the understanding of all but specialists. With literary and cultural studies arguably the fastest growing areas of study in the humanities, many readers both within and outside the academy find it imperitive to keep abreast of developments in these fields."The Columbia Dictionary of Modern Literary and Cultural Criticism" helps to initiate the curious generalist into the often exclusionary world of these theoretical vocabularies, and to authoritatively refresh the memories of specialists themselves on certain necessary terms and their roots.
To be paired with Harmon & Holman. This has very little coverage of traditional literary & rhetorical terms, and is more interested in those theoretical developments that became important in the late 20th century. Effective in its summations and bibliographies.
A very useful book, and fun to thumb through.