AP English Terminology

  1. analepsis
  2. prolepsis
    flash forward
  3. anaphora
    repetition of a word or set of words
  4. anomy
    disregard of the law
  5. aporia
    the final paradox where the text most obviously undermines its own rhetorical structure, or deconstructs itself

    a situation in which two or more parts of a theory or argument do not agree, meaning that the theory or argument cannot be true
  6. catachresis
    inappropriate use of the word
  7. coup de fondre
    love at first sight
  8. deictic
    words such as it, this, here which refer to something defined by the context
  9. encomium
    formal and elaborate expression of praise
  10. donnée
    fundamental idea

    a set of artistic or literary premises or assumptions
  11. dialogic
    dialogue, recognizing the equality of other speakers

    - Russian theorist Bakhtin
  12. monologic
    a text which speaks with a single, authoritative voice, denying existence of other responses and points of view

    - Russian theorist Bakhtin
  13. bovarysme
    longing for, and pretending to be the hero or heroine in a fantasy life

    • - Gustave Faubert's Madame Bovary
  14. epistemophilia
    love of, or desire for, knowledge
  15. epistemological
    pertaining to knowledge, or the philosophical theory of knowledge
  16. essentialism
    belief in the existence of essences, involving the assumption that objects of people possess qualities inherently and independently of context
  17. exordium
    introductory part of a text
  18. gynophobia
    morbid and irrational fear and horror of women
  19. hamartia
    fatal flaw that contributes to downfall
  20. meta-narrative
    a narrative of or about other narratives
  21. metaphysical
    relating to the ultimate conditions of existence, such as time, space, cause and being
  22. metempsychosis
    movement of a soul from one body to another
  23. mystagogue
    someone who introduces others to religious mysteries or doctrines
  24. anamnesis
    the recollection of past events
  25. daichronic
    involving or focusing on a process of change over time
  26. synchronic
    focusing on a system as it exists at a single moment in time
  27. epiphenomenon
    something secondary, a product of something else
  28. iterative
    a mode of narrative which involves narrating once events which occur several times
  29. metonymy
    substituting a word with a word it is associated with
  30. mutatis mutandis
    with appropriate changes being made
  31. negative capability
    when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts without any irritable reaching after fact and reason

    --John Keats
  32. non plus ultra
    the utmost limit that can be reached
  33. noumenal
    objects which can only be apprehended by intellectual intuition (unlike phenomenal, which means relating to immediate objects of perception)
  34. paralogical
    involving false reasoning
  35. phatic
    utterance that performs a social function instead of communicating information (nice to meet you)
  36. psychomacy
    conflict of the soul
  37. reify
    to regard people or abstractions as material objects or commodities
  38. adage / maxim / aphorism
    saying or proverb
  39. bildungsroman
    a German word referring to a novel structured as a series of events that take place as the hero travels in quest of a goal
  40. bombast
    pretentious language used or trivial subjects
  41. burlesque
    a work of literature meant to ridicule subjects, a grotesque imitation
  42. canon
    works considered most important in a national literature or period, works widely read and studied
  43. classical, classicism
    ancient Greek and Roman culture, implies formality, objectivity, simplicity, restraint
  44. elliptical construction
    sentence containing deliberate omission of words
  45. end-stopped
    a line of poetry that ends with a natural pause often indicated by a mark of punctuation
  46. epithet
    adjective or phrase that expresses a striking quality of a person or thing
  47. eponymous
    title character
  48. exposé
    piece of writing that reveals weaknesses and faults
  49. explication
    interpretation or analysis of a text
  50. frame
    structure which provides premise or setting for a narrative
  51. idyll
    lyric poem or passage that describes a kind of ideal life or place
  52. in medias res
    starting in the middle of action
  53. lampoon
    mocking, satirical assault
  54. light verse
    variety of poetry meant to entertain or amuse, but with a satirical thrust
  55. loose sentence
    subject-verb-object sentence
  56. mode
    the general form, pattern, and manner of expression of a work of literature
  57. naturalism
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AP English Terminology
AP English Terminology