American Studies Literary Terms
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a reference to a well-known work of literature, person, subject or event
drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect between two things or ideas
prejudice or predisposition toward one side of a subject or issue
the problem or struggle facing the main character(s), and driving the plot of a story
information surrounding a word, passage, situation or event that help clarify its meaning
a moment of sudden clarity, revelation or insight
An appeal to credibility; seeking to convince the audience that he or she has the background, history, skills, and/or expertise to speak on an issue.
language employing figures of speech; language that cannot be taken literally or only literally
When the narrative of a story returns to an earlier time for the purpose of filling in details necessary to to understand the present
hints or clues to prepare the reader for what will happen later in the plot
the use of exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point or evoke humor
The use of sensory details to create a vivid picture in the reader's mind
a contrast between what is expected and what actually exists or happens
placing elements close together to emphasize similar or contrasting traits
An appeal to reason and logic; may use inductive or deductive argumentation, examples, and a rational tone to the language.
A story that is aware of itself as fiction and consciously explores its own nature
a figure of speech using analogy to compare two unlike things, without using like or as
A regular pattern or rhythm of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry
A statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
An appeal to emotion; an attempt to make the audience feel guilty, lonely, worried, insecure, proud, afraid, confused, etc.
assigning human or life-like characteristics to non-human entities
Point of View
the perspective from which a story is told
Media techniques aimed at positively or negatively influencing the opinions or behaviors of large numbers of people.
A pattern of rhyming lines in a poem or verse of a poem often indicated with matching letters to show which lines rhyme.
A literary tone used to ridicule or make fun of human vice or weakness.
the time, place and atmosphere in which a story takes place
a comparison using like or as
the "narrator" of a poem
when one thing represents another thing or idea
a topic, major idea or focusing question that carries throughout literary work
a statement of opinion or theory
the author's "attitude" or "tone of voice" reflected in the style of the text
1st Person Narration
when a story is told by a character within the story
3rd Person Narration
when a story is told by a sometimes omniscient voice that is not a character in the story