Descriptionary

Author: Marc McCutcheon
Publisher: Checkmark Books
ISBN: 9780816079476
Format: PDF, ePub
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Combining elements of a reverse dictionary and a thesaurus, presents definitions for terms relating to specific subjects including the environment, the arts, clothing, religion, slang, furniture, and technology.

A Dictionary of Literary and Thematic Terms Edward Quinn 2nd Ed

Author: Fact on File
Publisher: Bukupedia
ISBN: 0816062439
Format: PDF
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This book offers the student or general reader a guide through the thicket of literary terms. Unlike traditional books of this type, however, it takes an expanded view of the term literary. One cause of this expansion is the new way of talking about and teaching literature that has emerged since the late 1960s under the general heading of “theory.” Theory often deals with subjects that seem at best only peripherally related to what we think of as literature, but some of its insights have provided us with new tools to understand the processes of reading, writing, interpreting, and (alas, to a relatively insignifi cant extent) enjoying literature. This book provides discussions of the major terms begotten by theory, always with the goal of relating them to literary study. Another form of expansion is refl ected in the title word thematic. This is the fi rst book of literary terms to include within it discussions of major literary themes, such as death, love, and time, and also of themes that have a particular signifi cance for our age, such as AIDS, alienation, and anti-Semitism. Still another expansion of “literature” is its extension to include fi lm, television, and other forms of popular culture, thus the appearance of terms such as macguffi n, sitcom, and rap. These updatings and innovations, however, should not obscure the fact that most of the entries in this book have been in existence for centuries, some of them— those relating to Aristotle—as old as 2,500 years. Like other living things, the literary tradition continues to evolve and expand, enriching the lives of all those lucky enough to come to know it. To that end, this book offers itself as a modest guide. The subtitle of this new edition might well be labeled, “From Academic Discourse to Zines” since these are the fi rst and last new entries in the book. However, while these two appropriately suggest the ever expanding range of what constitutes “literary” terms, they also indicate the somewhat shifting, deceptive nature of these terms. At fi rst glance, academic discourse appears to be a rusty relic of an ivory-towered past, while zines seems to embody the essence of a computergenerated future. But as the entries themselves indicate, academic discourse has recently become a hotly “contested site,” while the zines phenomenon is more than Pr e fa c e 75 years old. This is a sobering reminder, as another new entry, liberal/conservative imagination, demonstrates in the political sphere, that the old trickster time never tires of keeping us off balance. Time also offers a convenient device to categorize the thematic entries new to this edition, which include traditional, rooted-in-thepast entries such as individualism, skepticism, Odysseus/Ulysses; timely presentoriented themes such as nuclear war, terrorism and prison literature, and those subjects that slip through the chronological cracks, like alcohol, baseball, and vampirism. Among new entries that bespeak the future are those dedicated to the various ethnic American literatures, many of which are just beginning to fi nd their voices, but which, we can safely assume, will grow in importance and recognition as our country continues the great experiment of seeking renewal through immigration. My thanks to Gail Quinn for typing this manuscript under combat conditions and Deirdre Quinn for pitching in at a critical point. Thanks again to Karl Malkoff, this time for offering his slow-witted friend a crash course in Computers 101. Continued thanks to Jeff Soloway of Facts On File for his patience, encouragement, and sound advice. Thanks also to Liam and Adam Kirby, Caitlin, Kieran and Declan, Maya, and Shannon Quinn for being the grandest of grandchildren. Finally, a special debt to Barbara Gleason, whose patience, tact, and support kept the ship afl oat even after it had sprung a few leaks.

The Describer s Dictionary

Author: David Grambs
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393312652
Format: PDF, Docs
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A dictionary of the observable world features definition-first organization; passages from the writings of James, Updike, and others; and words concerning shapes, textures, colors, terrain, and more

Oxford American Writer s Thesaurus

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Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199829926
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Features more than three hundred thousand synonyms and ten thousand antonyms, as well as nearly two hundred collections of nouns to add detail to writing and quick guides to easily confused words.

Burning the Map

Author: Laura Caldwell
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1459246330
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The choices Casey Evers has made in her twenty-six years aren't exactly making her happy. In fact, her life is so on course—college, law school, boyfriend, job offer—that it's actually off. So, before she slides into fourteen-hour days at a Chicago law firm, she heads to Rome and Greece with her two best friends for one last hurrah. The thing is, her best friends haven't really been all that close to her since she started seeing John two years ago, she hasn't been all that close to John lately, and she's awfully partial to Mediterranean men….

A Thesaurus of English Word Roots

Author: Horace Gerald Danner
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442233265
Format: PDF
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Horace G. Danner’s A Thesaurus of English Word Roots is a compendium of the most-used word roots of the English language. All word roots are listed alphabetically, along with the Greek or Latin words from which they derive, together with the roots’ original meanings. If the current meaning of an individual root differs from the original meaning, that is listed in a separate column.