A Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory, 5th Edition
January 2013, Wiley-Blackwell
With new entries and sensitive edits, this fifth edition places J.A. Cuddon’s indispensable dictionary firmly in the 21st Century.
- Written in a clear and highly readable style
- Comprehensive historical coverage extending from ancient times to the present day
- Broad intellectual and cultural range
- Expands on the previous edition to incorporate the most recent literary terminology
- New material is particularly focused in areas such as gender studies and queer theory, post-colonial theory, post-structuralism, post-modernism, narrative theory, and cultural studies.
- Existing entries have been edited to ensure that topics receive balanced treatment
Preface to the Fifth Edition by M. A. R. Habib vi
Preface to the Fourth Edition by C. E. Preston viii
Preface to the Third Edition by J. A. Cuddon x
List of Abbreviations xvii
A-Z of Entries 1-784
J. A. Cuddon was a renowned academic, essayist, novelist, playwright, and travel writer. He died in March 1996.
M. A. R. Habib, Professor of English, Rutgers University, Camden. His books include the highly acclaimed A History of Literary Criticism: From Plato to the Present (Blackwell, 2005), Modern Literary Criticism and Theory: A History (2008), Literary Criticism from Plato to the Present: An Introduction (2011), and the Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Vol. VI: the Nineteenth Century (ed., 2012).
Matthew Birchwood, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Kingston University, London
Vedrana Velickovic, Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Brighton
Martin Dines, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Kingston University, London
Shanyn Fiske, Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University, Camden.
“Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduate students in English and comparative literatures; general readers.” (Choice, 1 August 2013)
“In an age of fast googling, this will remain an indispensable tool for students..."—Jean-Michel Rabaté, University of Pennsylvania
"This dictionary has been a standard resource for years, but
this new edition, with a new editor, provides a timely remake, with
strategic nipping and tucking of previous entries and adding
a good many new entries that keep pace with all that's happened in
literary study over the past three decades. The best single source
of terms old and new. "—Jeffrey J Williams, Carnegie