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ANACHRONISM
an event misplaced in history
COINCIDENCE
the simultaneous occurance of unrelated incidents
FLASHBACK
a shift to earlier events
NOVEL
a full-length fictitious story
NOVELETTE
a fictitious story shorter than a novel but longer than 50 pages
PLOT
the pattern of story action
SUSPENSE
anxiety as to how things will turn out
TONE
attitude or mood of the author
MOTIF
a recurring theme or feature
IRONY
the implying of an opposite possibility
LOCAL COLOR
picturesque, distinctive details
SETTING
the physical background for the action
POINT OF VIEW
the outlook from which the action is described
STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS
random flow of undigested thoughts
IRONY OF FATE
unexpected twist of destiny
PROTAGONIST
the main character or hero
ANTI-HERO
an unadmirable protagonist
MOTIVATION
the cause of a character's action
CHARACTERIZATION
how people are portrayed
SCIENCE FICTION
fantasies about space travel
PICARESQUE NOVEL
a story of a vagabond's adventures
VICTORIAN NOVEL
a morally righteous novel of the Dickens-Hardy era
GOTHIC NOVEL
a grotesque horror story
WHODUNIT
a detective story
EPISTOLARY NOVEL
a novel in letter form
NARRATIVE
an account of happenings, as in a diary
SAGA
a tale of Icelandic heroes
TETRALOGY
four related works
ANTHOLOGY
a collection of literary pieces
TRILOGY
three related works
ALLEGORY
a story with a secondary interpretation
PARODY
a comical imitation
SOCIAL CRITICISM
an exposure of social faults, often serious in tone
LAMPOON
a coarse, abusive personal attack
PARABLE
a short moral tale
PORNOGRAPHY
obscene writing, lacking social value
SATIRE
a witty, often sophisticated attack on faults and abuses
PRIMITIVISM
admiration for cultures that are not highly civilized
MYTH
a popular concept; fictitious milieu
NATURALISM
extension of realism, stressing sordidness
SENTIMENTALISM
emotionalism in excess
EXISTENTIALISM
Sartre's doctrine of man's responsibility
ALIENATION
separation from others
REALISM
portrayal of life as it is
REDACTION
literary revision and reframing
PSEUDONYM
a pen name
INCUNUBULA
books printed before 1500
EXPATRIATE
one who lives abroad
THESAURUS
a word treasury for writers
COMMONPLACE BOOK
miscellaneous jottings