Higher Education

A Contemporary Guide to Literary Terms, 3rd Edition

  • Edwin Barton Bakersfield College
  • Glenda A. Hudson California State University, Bakersfield
  • ISBN-10: 1111347956  |  ISBN-13: 9781111347956
  • 320 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2004, 1997
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $65.75
  *Why an online review copy?
  • It's the greener, leaner way to review! An online copy cuts down on paper and on time. Reduce the wait (and the weight) of printed texts. Your online copy arrives instantly, and you can review it anytime from your computer or favorite mobile device.

If you prefer a print copy to review, please contact your representative.



A CONTEMPORARY GUIDE TO LITERARY TERMS is a brief, affordable, and accessible handbook of literary terms for a full range of courses, including introduction to literature, literature for composition, American literature, British literature, and Shakespeare. In clear, concise, and user-friendly language, the text highlights its entries with contemporary, multicultural examples. This third edition features more terms and new entries for all periods of literary history.

Features and Benefits

  • In clear, concise, and user-friendly language, the text highlights its entries with contemporary, multicultural examples.
  • Definitions frequently incorporate stimulating discussion of how the original meaning of a term has evolved and often include cross-references to other terms.

Table of Contents

Background Narrative on "Mood and Images in Rita Dove's 'Silos'".
Choosing a Subject.
Preparing to Write and Organizing Material.
Drafting and Revising the Essay.
Background Narrative on "Point of View and Irony in Chopin's 'The Story of an Hour'".
Selection of a Topic.
Preliminary Work.
Starting the Essay: Organization.
Second Draft.
Final Touches.
Background Narrative on "The Cinderella Motif in Austen's Pride and Prejudice".
Selecting and Narrowing Down a Subject.
Determining Credibility and Appropriateness of Secondary Sources.
Choosing Organization Strategies.
Refining the Introduction and Conclusion.
Background Narrative on "Excursion into Neverland: The Importance of the Edenic World in Peter and Wendy and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer".
Choosing a Subject.
Organizing the Comparative Essay.
Writing the Essay.
Background Narrative on "Love and Money in Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility: A Comparison of Novel and Film".
Choosing a Subject.
Comparing a Film Version and the Original Text.
Final Tips.
Advice for Essay Examinations.
Avoiding Plagiarism.
A Brief Guide to Documenting Sources.
Grammar, Punctuation, and Style.
Index of Authors and Works.
Index of Terms.

What's New

  • The third edition features new terms ranging from postcolonialism and ecocriticism to fairy tale and sublime. A detailed review of all terms has been completed and necessary updates have been made.
  • The text includes an updated section on MLA documentation as well as a new sample student essay.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Edition  (ISBN-10: 1111348014 | ISBN-13: 9781111348014)