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Assorted Literary Terms

  1. Characterization in Literature
    Characterization in Literature by Karen Bernardo: An important component of modern fiction is characterization. Historically, realistic characterization has only intermittently been...
  2. Existentialism in Literature
    Existentialism by Karen Bernardo: The term "existentialism" refers to a literary movement of the mid-twentieth century which holds that man has complete freedom to determine his....
  3. Modernism in Literature
    Modernism by Karen Bernardo: When we think of the modernist school of literature, we normally think of the seminal writers who came of age in the 1920s -- Joyce, Pound, Eliot...
  4. Naturalism in Literature
    Naturalism by Karen Bernardo: The literary movements of naturalism and realism are often confused, and indeed the difference does not seem to lie so much in style as in philosophy...
  5. Plot in Literary Fiction
    Plot in Literary Fiction by Karen Bernardo: Most people think that authors, when they write fiction, begin with a plot. This is actually very seldom true. Many stories and novels...
  6. Romanticism in Literature
    Romanticism by Karen Bernardo: The literary period known as Romanticism stretched from the late eighteenth century through the middle of the nineteenth. This deeply emotional...
  7. Symbolism in Literature
    Symbolism in Literature by Karen Bernardo: Just as characterization and dialogue and plot work on the surface to move the story along, symbolism works under the surface to tie...
  8. Theme in Literary Fiction
    Theme in Literary Fiction by Karen Bernardo: All works of literature have a theme, even if (in the case of many modernist and postmodern works) it is only that life is ultimately...
  9. Tone in Literary Fiction
    Tone in Literary Fiction by Karen Bernardo: Tone is a difficult literary concept to describe, but not at all difficult to recognize. It refers to the attitude with which the writer approaches...

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Here are some external sites that may give you more help with basic (and not-so-basic) literary terminology. Note, however, that I did not write the following content, so you will need to cite their authors as respectfully as you do me. Email me if you have questions on how to do this.

Virtual Salt's Glossary of Literary Terms

Virtual Classroom's Glossary of Literary Terms

Literary Terms and Definitions