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Alice Walker

Alice Walker  

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(1944– )Black US novelist and poet whose writing explores racial and sexual politics as they affect African-American women.Born into a family of sharecroppers in Eatonton, Georgia, Alice Walker ...
American Literature

American Literature  

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This entry contains two subentries: An Overview, Sea FictionAmerican sea literature has roots in Greek, Roman, Irish, and Norse mythology, the Bible, and the English Renaissance, whenever humans have ...
Analytic Aesthetics

Analytic Aesthetics  

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For examples of the types of entries characteristic of Analytic Aesthetics, which is derived from twentieth-century Anglo-American philosophy (and which is often contrasted with Continental ...
Ann Petry

Ann Petry  

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(1908–97)African American writer, born in Connecticut, who published articles and stories about Harlem in the 1940s. She is best known for her first novel The Street (1946), describing the ...
Dorothy West

Dorothy West  

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(1912–1998),American novelist, born in Boston, the daughter of a successful black businessman; she was educated at the city's Girls' Latin School and studied journalism at Columbia University. Her ...
Drama, English and American

Drama, English and American  

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English sea drama goes back at least to fourteenth-century productions of the Noah story, staged with some realism by sea-related guilds. In the York shipwrights’ “Building of the Ark,” for ...
English Literature

English Literature  

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British sea literature includes every work of imaginative, dramatic, aesthetic, or symbolic quality within the wider range of British writing relating to the sea, whether imagination re-creates fact ...
epistemology

epistemology  

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(Greek, epistēmē, knowledge)The theory of knowledge. Its central questions include the origin of knowledge; the place of experience in generating knowledge, and the place of reason in doing so; the ...
factual

factual  

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1. As opposed to fictional, relating to the real world (see also fiction); as in factual genres.2. As opposed to evaluative or interpretive, relating to what is objectively true: see also evaluation; ...
factual genres

factual genres  

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1. In writing, this includes certain rhetorical modes of discourse (exposition, description, and argument), and particular forms such as reports, interviews, surveys, biographies, dictionaries, ...
fantasy

fantasy  

n. a complex sequence of imagination in which several imaginary elements are woven together into a story. An excessive preoccupation with one’s fantasies may be symptomatic of a difficulty in coping ...
fiction values

fiction values  

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A euphemism for the entertainment function of television. In relation to television programmes in the UK, an allusion to a tendency for factual genres to seek to be entertaining, inverting the old ...
fictionalization

fictionalization  

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1. The transformation of actual happenings into fictional form; to represent real people or events in the manner of fiction and as if they were fictional: as in fictionalizing a biography. See also ...
Gayl Jones

Gayl Jones  

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(1949– )African American writer and critic, born in Lexington, Kentucky, who began publishing stories and poems in the 1970s. Her first novel, Corregidora (1975), treats domestic abuse, a theme which ...
Georges Aubin

Georges Aubin  

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(1889–1981),French maritime writer. Georges Aubin was a sailor in the merchant navy, harking back to the era of tall ships and Cape Horners’ adventures. Born in 1889 in Trentemoult ...
German literature

German literature  

The model of a Renaissance revival of the forms and ideals of classical literature is of limited usefulness in understanding German literature of the early modern period. The humanist tradition ...
Greece

Greece  

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Literature
Located in southeastern Europe on the Mediterranean sea, Greece is known for its warm climate, mountainous mainland, island coastlines, and most importantly, its ancient civilization, which gave ...
Hamlet

Hamlet  

A legendary prince of Denmark, hero of a tragedy by Shakespeare. The story is based on one in Saxo Grammaticus's Historiae Danicae, in which the young prince is opposed to the usurping uncle who has ...
Herman Melville

Herman Melville  

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(1819–91),American novelist: visits Liverpool 1837, 1856; visits Nathaniel Hawthorne at Southport 1857. Redburn 1849, Moby‐Dick, or, The Whale 1851, Billy Budd written c.1890, published 1924.
hybrid genre

hybrid genre  

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[Latin hybrida ‘mongrel’]In genre theory, the combination of two or more genres. Back to the Future 3 (1990) combines elements of science fiction and western films. Such combinations can also cut ...

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