Dictionary of Literary Themes and Motifs, Band 2

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Greenwood Press, 1988 - 1507 Seiten


This index is a veritable who's who of the greats of Western literature. . . . The Board recommends it for every collection whose users conduct analytical studies of literature. Reference Books Bulletin

The powerful hold that literature exercises is based primarily on recognition--the reader's ability to identify with others through shared human concerns that transcend ttace, time, and cultural boundaries. These universal themes, and how they have been treated in literature from the classical period to the present, are the subject of the critical essays comprising this volume. A fascinating resource for students and general readers and an essential research tool for scholars in literature, it is the first thematic reference on this scale to be published in English.

The dictionary consists of 143 essays contributed by 98 specialists in world literature. Topics covered include themes relating to adventure, family life, the supernatural, eroticism, status, humor, idealism, terror, and many other categories of human experience. Each entry begins with a defintion and a sketch on the origin and historical background of the literary theme. The topical essay discusses the significance and occurrence of the theme in world literature and supplies information on geographical area, genre, style, and chronology. Entries conclude with a selected bibliography of scholarship in the area. A cross-index to themes and motifs will enable the reader to find information on secondary or related topics. Convenient to use and presented in a standardized format, this major new reference will be an important acquisition for libraries with collections in English, American, and world literature.

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Dictionary of literary themes and motifs

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This is a major encyclopedia for comparative literature and, secondarily, the history of ideas. Coming from 98 contributors, the 143 articles vary widely in scope and method. But a typical entry ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

PREFACE
675
Love in Greek and Roman Literature
790
Masque or Mask
827
Monsters
870
Name and Naming
885
Oedipus Complex
929
Personality DoubleSplitMultiple
963
Picaresque
974
Braggart 191
1236
Sublimity
1243
Terror
1255
Theatrical Absurdity
1267
Time
1270
Tower
1280
Tragicomic Hero
1286
Travel
1292

The Pícaro in American Literature
983
Psychoanalysis of the Self
1009
Religion in Science Fiction
1057
Science
1126
Search for Father
1141
Secret Love
1148
Seduction
1158
Senex Amator
1171
Sex Heterosexual Erotic
1177
Shadow
1195
Siren
1210
Social Status of Hero
1217
Birth of the Hero 175
1227
Stupidity
1234
Underground Man
1333
Unicorn
1340
Universe
1344
Utopia
1350
Vampirism
1373
Werewolf
1383
Butterflies 198
1389
Capitalism 207
1390
Comedy Comic Spirit 275
1391
Divine Tutor 395
1392
INDEX
1401
Existentialism 485
1406
ABOUT THE EDITORS AND CONTRIBUTORS
1495
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Über den Autor (1988)

JEAN-CHARLES SEIGNEURET is Professor of Romance Languages and Literature at the University of Cincinnati. He has published a number of articles on French literature, culture, and philolgy, as well as professional concerns.

A. OWEN ALDRIDGE is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Illinois.

ARMIN ARNOLD is Auxiliary Professor of German at McGill University, Montreal, and Dozent of Hohere Wirtschafts-und Verwaltungsschule in Osten, Switzerland.

PETER H. LEE is Professor of Korean and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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