A Glossary of Literary Terms 11th Edition

M.H. Abrams, Geoffrey Harpham

  • © 2015
  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2012, 2009, 2005
  • 448 Pages


First published over 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 eleventh edition contains a complete glossary of essential literary terms presented as a series of engaging, beautifully crafted 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.

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  • Over 20 new entries reflect cutting-edge thought on recent and rapidly evolving critical theories, making it easy for instructors to teach these emerging ideas and for students to grasp and apply them.
  • The lists of suggested readings appended to the entries have been expanded and updated to keep pace with current scholarship and provide more current and wide-ranging opportunities for further exploration.
  • Countless terms and essays have been extended and revised for clarity, usefulness, and preservation of the book’s overall character.

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