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This guide has been created in order to assist students in their investigation and research in the field of literature. It is not meant to be all inclusive, but rather a selection of topics, issues, researchers and thinkers, books, online resources and social media to pique interest in literature and act as a road map as to where further resources can be found.
The link below will take you to the UWCSEA-East Curriculum guide for IB Psychology hosted on Google Sites
Video - what is Literature for?
This little video animates the musing of Alan de Botton on the purpose of literature.
Glossary & Dictionary
Literature, as any other academic discipline, uses terms and abbreviations in a specific way.
* This link will take you to the Glossary of all American terms.
* For the Glossary of Literary Terms by Virtual Salt
* Glossary of Literary Criticism by Florida State university
Below are some books we have in the library.
The Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms by Engaging, authoritative, and affordably priced, The Bedford Glossary is a comprehensive reference that clearly and accessibly defines hundreds of important literary and critical terms from classical times to the present, making them real and relevant to twenty-first century students through examples uniquely drawn from contemporary literary and popular culture.
Call Number: S\ 803 Mur
Publication Date: 2008-11-18
Figuratively Speaking by "This book is organized into ""Figurative Language,"" ""Poetic Language,"" and ""Literary Techniques."" The book draws on classic literature to illustrate and instruct in the use and understanding of basic literary terms."
Call Number: S\ 372.4 Heidrich
Publication Date: 2004-04-01
A Glossary of Literary Terms by First published fifty years ago, A GLOSSARY OF LITERARY TERMS remains an essential text for all serious students of literature. Now fully updated to reflect the latest scholarship on recent and rapidly evolving critical theories, the tenth edition contains a complete glossary of essential literary terms presented as a series of engaging essays that explore the terms, place them in context, and suggest related entries and additional reading. This indispensable, authoritative, and highly affordable reference covers terms useful in discussing literature and literary history, theory, and criticism. Perfect as a core text for introductory literary theory or as a supplement to any literature course, this classic work is an invaluable reference that students can continue to use throughout their academic and professional careers.
Call Number: S\ 803 Abr
Publication Date: 2011-01-10
Literary Terms by This 4-page guide is arranged alphabetically and contains hundreds of useful, up-to-date definitions and terms covering the styles and techniques writers use to transmit their ideas. "
Call Number: SR\STL 823 Bar
Publication Date: 2001-09-11
How Literature Works by A minefield of ambiguous concepts, leaden prose, and circular definitions await anyone who wishes to tackle the terms used to describe literature. Indeed, words like hermeneutics, heteroglossia, and mimesis more often impede than enhance one's appreciation of a great literary work. Cutting through the cant, How Literature Works offers a reader-friendly, easy-to-navigate guide that will aid anyone - from the undergraduate to the general reader - who's seeking a greater appreciation of their favorite novel, poem, or play. With a series of pithy, jaunty essays, the renowned literary critic John Sutherland - widely admired for his wit and crystal-clear reasoning - strips away the obscurity and pretension associated with literature. His book offers concise definitions and clear examples of 50 terms and concepts that all book lovers should know. An indispensable reference tool, How Literature Works will be a boon to readers of all sorts, from fans of William Shakespeare and Philip Roth to readers of Jane Smiley and J.K. Rowling.
Call Number: S\ 803 Sutherland
Publication Date: 2011-04-07
Created by Nadine Bailey
This guide was created by Nadine Bailey between November 2013 and June 2015.
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