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definitions for multiple choice test 3 on novel

historical criticism

the practice of analyzing a literary work by investigating the social, cultural, and intellectual context that produced it, a context that necessarily includes the artist's biography and milieu. Historical critics strive to recreate the exact meaning and impact a work had on it's original audience


common language, not poetry; Prose is a type of literature that is written expression without a formal pattern of verse or meter (as opposed to poetry).


pathetic situation; the quality or power in an actual life experience or in literature, music, speech, or other forms of expression, of evoking a feeling of pity or compassion.

Gothic character


Grotesque character



capable of being perceived outwardly; to bring inner emotions outward


larger target audience of readers


smaller subgroup, target of the culture


a book/story written in prose who's author creates a sense that as we read we experience actual life

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