Lit. Terms 5

  1. allegory
    • a narrative
    • technique in which characters
    • representing things or abstract
    • ideas are used to convey a message or teach a lesson. Allegory is typically used
    • to teach moral, ethical, or religious lessons but is sometimes used for satiric
    • or political purposes.
  2. anti-novel
    • a term coined by French critic Jean-Paul Sartre.
    • It refers to any experimental work of fiction
    • that avoids the familiar conventions
    • of the novel.
    • The anti-novel usually fragments and distorts the experience of its characters,
    • forcing the reader to construct the reality of the story from a disordered narrative.
  3. bildungsroman
    • a German word meaning "novel of
    • development." The bildungsroman is a study of the maturation of a
    • youthful character,
    • typically brought about through a series of social or sexual encounters that
    • lead to self-awareness
  4. dramatic
    • a
    • type of poem or prose piece in which the speaker gives an account of a dramatic
    • moment in his/her life and, in doing so, reveals his/her character
  5. elegy
    • a
    • poem or piece of prose lamenting or meditating on the death of a person or pet
  6. epilogue
    • a concluding statement or section of a literary
    • work
  7. episodic
    • a plot consisting of a series of disconnected
    • events
  8. epistolary
    • a novel
    • in the form
    • of letters. The form was particularly popular in the eighteenth century.
  9. epithet
    • a word or phrase, often disparaging or abusive,
    • that expresses a character
    • trait of someone or something
  10. exposé
    • a
    • piece of writing, often journalistic, meant to reveal or expose weakness,
    • faults, frailties, or other shortcomings
  11. fable
    • a
    • short story designed to teacher a useful lesson; its characters are usually
    • animals or inanimate things
  12. fantasy
    • he
    • creation of unreal worlds and people, bearing a relation to the real
  13. humanism
    • in
    • common usage, the attitude that emphasizes human interests; an optimistic view
    • of human potential
  14. montage
    • a quick succession of images or pictures to express
    • an idea; used primarily in films
  15. moral
    • the lesson a reader infers from a story, poem, or
    • other piece of literature
  16. myth
    • a
    • solidly conceived, but entirely imaginative world, with beliefs and values,
    • created by an author; a story that forms part of the beliefs of a faith in
    • which people no longer believe
  17. novel
    of ideas
    • a novel
    • in which the examination of intellectual issues and concepts takes precedence
    • over characterization or a traditional storyline
  18. novel of manners
    • a novel
    • that examines the customs and mores of a cultural group
  19. picaresque
    • episodic fiction
    • depicting the adventures of a roguish central character
    • ("picaro" is Spanish for "rogue"). The picaresque hero
    • is commonly a low-born but clever individual who wanders into and out of
    • various affairs of love, danger, and farcical intrigue. These involvements may
    • take place at all social levels and typically present a humorous and
    • wide-ranging satire
    • of a given society
  20. roman
    à clef
    • a novel describing real-life events behind a façade of fiction. The
    • "key", not present in the text, is the correlation between events and
    • characters in the novel and events and characters in real life.
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Lit. Terms 5
Lit. Terms 5