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anticlimax
unexpected, insignificant resolution to a narrative
anti-story
experimental short story that attempts to convey obj. reality by avoiding conventions
complication
introduction & development of a conflict
compression
economical use of language
concrete language
language that describes or portrays specific nouns rather than general
convention
traditional or commonly accepted technique of writing or device used in writing
crisis
turning point in a narrative
deconstruction
critical approach investigating unstable properties of language
didactic
narrative or other work of art presented in order to teach a specific lesson
distance
an author's or narrator's spatial or temporal and hence emotional removal or aloofness from action of a narrative
epigraph
quotation placed at beginning of work that suggest the theme
explication
act of explaining or interpreting the meaning of a text
figurative language
use of a word or group of words that's litterally inaccurate to describe or define a p,p,t by calling forth sensations they evoke
formalism
critical approach that stresses self-contained & self-referential nature of a work of art
frame story
story w/in a story
impressionism
way of writing that presents events in a highly subjective & personal light...
magical realism
fiction that interweaves realistic & fantastic details, juxtapose marvelous w/ordinary
metafiction
stories about language & process of writing
minimalism
literary style exemplifying economy & restraint
modernism
lable loosely applied to work of certain writers who investigated structure & texture of lit & challenged conventions
naturalism
extreme form of realism...work presented as sci. observation
realism
telling of a sotry in a manner that's faithful of reader's experience of real life
reversal
any turnabout in the fortunes of a character
sketch
relaxed, static, predominantly descriptive lit composition often close to an essay in form
structuralism
critical approach w/ formalism...attention to formal elements of texts
unity
relation of all parts of a work to one central or organizing principle
verisimilitude
use of certain lifelike details to give an imaginative narrative work the semblance of reality or actuality