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agon

agon  

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Greek word meaning ‘contest’, used to define the conflict which lies at the heart of Greek tragedy, transmuted into a clash between two principal characters, sometimes with a hint of ...
character

character  

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In narrative generally, a character is a person depicted within a story, either through description or direct speech; in drama the term usually refers only to persons portrayed by actors. ...
Edmund Wilson

Edmund Wilson  

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(1895–1972),American author. He served abroad during the First World War, an experience which inspired verse and short stories published in The Undertaker's Garland (1922, with J. P. Bishop). He ...
feminist criticism

feminist criticism  

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A modern tradition of literary commentary and polemic devoted to the defence of women's writing or of fictional female characters against the condescensions of a predominantly male literary ...
Kenneth Burke

Kenneth Burke  

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(1897–1986),literary and philosophic critic, whose books include Counter-Statement (1931); Permanence and Change: An Anatomy of Purpose (1935), a philosophic investigation of the evolution of ethical ...
khōra

khōra  

The pre-linguistic or inchoate point of origin of the subject, for which the womb may stand as a figure, though the pre-biotic soup out of which all life is supposed to have emerged according to ...
Marxist criticism

Marxist criticism  

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A form of cultural criticism that applies Marxist theory to the interpretation of cultural texts. Since neither Karl Marx nor his collaborator Friedrich Engels ever developed a specific form of ...
Merchant of Venice

Merchant of Venice  

A comedy by Shakespeare written between 1596 and 1598, printed in 1600, and reprinted in the First Folio (1623). Its chief source is the first story of the fourth day in Il pecorone, Giovanni ...
myth criticism

myth criticism  

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The study of both myths as literature and literature as myths—in the former case, myths are read for their own specific literary merit and as historical precursors to later literary texts (Sophocles' ...
psychoanalytic criticism

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Ann Pellegrini

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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A set of critical interpretative practices that build upon Sigmund Freud's materialist insights into the unconscious motivations for human action. The potential sources of exchange between ... More
Psychoanalytic Criticism

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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2005

Psychoanalysis is both a theory of the mind and a practice of interpretation. Its early applications to literature, by Freud...

queer theory

queer theory  

A critical discourse developed in the 1990s in order to deconstruct (or ‘to queer’) sexuality and gender in the wake of gay identity politics, which had tended to rely on strategic essentialism. ...
Richard III

Richard III  

Play by Shakespeare (1593) for which incidental mus. was composed by Edward German (1889). Mus. for film of play comp. by Walton, 1955. Sym.‐poem by Smetana, 1858. The nickname ‘Richard III’ was ...
Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud  

(1856–1939)Austrian psychiatrist and founder of psychoanalysis. Freud developed important theories about the structure and functioning of the mind and the desires, conflicts, and motives in human ...
theory

theory  

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A generic term for the interdisciplinary combination of philosophy, literary criticism, and sociology produced by scholars like Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, and Gilles Deleuze. ...
uncanny

uncanny  

A kind of disturbing strangeness evoked in some kinds of horror story and related fiction. In Tzvetan Todorov's theory of the fantastic, the uncanny is an effect produced by stories in which the ...

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