Literary Terms

Every discipline has its own technical vocabulary; the study of literature is no different. In order to discuss fiction in an intelligent and competent manner, a familiarity (or literacy) with this vocabulary is crucial. Define each of the following words calling from various sources — reference books, lectures, your own reading — making clear your own understanding of the vocabulary. Feel free to define or add your own terms.

Allegory to Bathos

Canon to Convention

Deconstruction to Diatribe

Epic Poetry to Exposition

Fantasy to Freytag’s Formula

Genre to Lyric

Masculinity to Myth

Narration to Oration

Pace to Protagonist

Resolution to Romance

Satire to Syntax

Text to Zeugma

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