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15 terms

Eng220

english 220 lit
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Harlem Renaissance
a period in the 1920s when African-American achievements in art and music and literature flourished
Point of view
the perspective from which a story is told
Metaphor
a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity. comparison not using like or as
Denotation
the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression. Dictionary meaning
Stanza
a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem
Antagonist
A character or force in conflict with the main character
Talented Tenth
According to W. E. B. DuBois, the ten percent of the black population that had the talent to bring respect and equality to all blacks
Omniscient narrator
a narrator who is able to know, see, and tell all, including the inner thoughts and feelings of the characters
Simile
a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with 'like' or 'as')
True Womanhood
An ideal that defines what it means to be a woman according to one's capacity for piety, purity, and domesticity. It is a gender convention most strongly associated with white, middle-class women. Historians date its origins at least as far back as the 19th century but it continues to be relevant to current notions of femininity.
Liminality
state of being "in-between"
Flat character
this character seems to possess only one or two personality traits - little or no background is revealed
Protagonist
main character
Passing
the ability of a person to be regarded as a member of social groups other than his or her own, such as a different race, ethnicity, social class, gender, and/or disability status, generally with the purpose of gaining social acceptance
Round character
this character is fully developed - the writer reveals good and bad traits as well as background