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MSU English Final Vocab

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Lyric
brief subjective poem worked strongly by imagination, melody, and emotion, creating a single unified impression
Ballad
Form of verse to be sung or recited and characterized by its presentation of a dramatic or exciting episode or simple narrative
epistemology
study of knowledge (how we know things)
Empiricism
experience of objects
phenomenology
object gets its meaning only through the active use of consciousness
dialectic
the philosophical principle that an idea or event (thesis) creates its opposite (antithesis) and leads to a reconciliation of opposites (synthesis).
Triple-decker
novels broken into three parts
Social Darwinism
competition among people classes in progress, the strong survive and the weak die
Innocent or Naive
narrator we disbelieve because he or she fails to understand all of the implications of the story
Bildungsroman
Novel that deals with the development of a young person, from adolescence to maturity
Literary Theories
Schools of thought that formulate general principles about how to interpret literature
Caricature
Ridiculously inappropriate or unsuccessful version or attempt at something
Sentimentalism
Overindulgence in emotion, especially the conscious effort to induce emotion in order to enjoy. An optimistic overemphasis of the goodness of humanity.
scansion
an overview of rhythm and meter
stressed syllable
/
unstressed syllable
U
Laissez-faire
policy based on the idea that government should play as small a role as possible in the economy
Victorian Period
period of time designated by the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901)
Reader Response
No interpretation is right or wrong, each individual has a different interpretation (within reason, text limits possibilities),text is not finished until it is read and interpreted
Formalist
Uses the form (grammar, structure, imagery, tone, etc.) of the text to help analyze it.
Sociological
Uses relationship between the era, time, location, economical and societal circumstances, and the artist. Looks at social, economical, and political values expressed in a work.
Marxist
Influential type of sociological criticism. Content of a work determines form. All art is political
Psychological
Because of modern psychology, literature is and expression of psychological concerns or development of either the author or the intended audience. Literature reflects the psyche and provides insight into ourselves.
Gender/Feminist
Analyzes and evaluates literature on how the view women. Bring attention to sexist views in hopes of eliminating them.
Biographical
Focuses on explicating the literary work by using the insight provided by knowledge of the author's life