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23 Cards in this Set

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In contemporary literature and criticism, a term applied to the sense that human beings, cut off from their roots, live in meaningless isolation in an alien universe.
Affective Fallacy
The incorrect judging of a work of art in terms of the emotional effect it leaves the reader with.
The ascription of human characteristics to non-human objects, often divine entities in nature.
Purging of an unhealthy emotional state and the reemergence of the character's health.
Deus Ex Machina
"God from the machine." An event that changes the fate of the characters in a positive manner.
Dissociation of Sensibility
T.S. Eliot, more elevated language and cruder emotions from later poets.
A movement that went beyond Impressionism in its efforts to "objectify inner experience." External objects aren't representational, but rather act as transmitters of internal impressions and moods.
A dramatic piece intended to excite laughter, depending less on plot than on improbable situations.
Free Verse
A term describing various styles of poetry that are not written using strict meter or rhyme, but that still are recognizable as poetry.
A philosophical technique concerned with the interpretation and understanding of texts.
Overwhelming pride or insolence that results in the misfortune of the protagonist of a tragedy.
Intentional Fallacy
The judging of the success of a work of art by the author's expressed intention in producing it.
Interior Monologue
The stream of consciousness in a literary work.
A means of perceiving the emotions of characters. Considered to be re-presenting the human emotions in new ways and so re-presenting to the reader the inherent nature of the emotions and the psychological truth of the work of art.
Negative Capability
A state of intentional openmindedness; great people have the ability to accept that not everything can be resolved.
Objective Correlative
Eliot thought that the only way to express things in art is to find an object, a set of objects, a situation - something concrete that evokes the emotion the artist wants to express.
Organic Form
The notion of the structure of a literary work as growing from its conception in the thought, feeling, and personality of a writer rather than being shaped arbitrarily and mechanically in a preconceived mold.
Pathetic Fallacy
The description of inanimate natural objects in a manner that endows them with human emotions, thoughts, sensations and feelings. Less formal than personification.
the figure of speech which involves directly speaking of an inanimate object, or an abstract concept, as if it were a living entity, often one with specifically human attributes.
A figure of speech that presents a kind of metaphor in which a part of something is used for the whole or the whole is used for a part.
Tragic Flaw
The theory that the main character in a tragedy has a character trait that becomes his/her inevitable downfall.
A figure of speech involving a "turn" or change of sense. I.E. Metaphors, similes, ironical expressions.
The semblance of truth.