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reference to persons, places, etc which reader is spsd to recognize (biblical, historical)
ALLUSION
term for something historically out of place
ANACHRONISM
brief account of an interesting, often amusing, incident
ANECDOTE
a note that explains/comments on a part of a text
ANNOTATION
author unknown
ANONYMOUS
character in conflict with the protagonist
ANTAGONIST
action which occured before the narrative begins (Hester's pregnancy)
ANTECEDENT ACTION
collections of writings in one book
ANTHOLOGY
an event less imprt than the next event, when something does not meet expectations, series in the reverse order of importance
ANTICLIMAX
use of balanced structure to emphasize comparison or contast
ANTITHESIS
the final event in a story that resolves conflict, also the 5th act of an Elizabethan play`
CATASTROPHE
act of making a "picture" of a character
CHARACTER PORTRAYAL
highest point of interest/ emotional intensity, where complication ceases and resolution begins, series in order of importance
CLIMAX
struggle between opposing forces (ex. internal v external)
CONFLICT
group of related incidents forming a definite part of plot of a drama
EPISODE
process of giving reader necessary information about story before the story starts
EXPOSITION
name for stories with imaginary people and events
FICTION
hinting to an upcoming event
FORESHADOWING
literary works similiar in form, style, content, or purpose
GENRE
plan of author to bring characters through conflict to inevitable conclusion
PLOT
formal summary of the chief points in a play or work
ARGUMENT
comment made by player in a drama which is spsd to be audible only to audience, similiar to soliloquoy but player is not alone on stage
ASIDE
story of a person's life by himself
AUTOBIOGRAPHY
story of a person's life
BIOGRAPHY
expurgate a piece of writing
BOWDLERIZE
form of lit that mocks by treating a serious subject in trivial style, or vice versa
BURLESQUE
picture, description in which outstanding characteristics are overdrawn
CARICATURE
purification of the emotions of the audience through experience of pity/fear gained from watching a tragedy
CATHARSIS
historical account of events in the order they happened
CHRONICLE
used to denote Greek&Roman authors and their works and is applied to those who imitate their style`
CLASSICAL
a trite phrase, one that has lost its force throught overuse
CLICHE
includes all the ideas that are suggested by the term
CONNOTATION
part of a passage in which a word or expression occurs and which helps to explain the meaning of the word/ex
CONTEXT
"god out of the machine" improbable method used by a writer to bring his plot to the desired solution
DEUS EX MACHINA
narrative which, like the novel, carries its main characters thru plot but is brief, concerns a single crisis, and creates a single impression
SHORT STORY
character whom one expects to find in a particular type of fiction
STOCK CHARACTER
position from which something is observed, a matter is considered, a story told
POINT OF VIEW
term applied to a piece of writing which appeals to people of every age
UNIVERSALITY
a quality of seeming to be true
VERISIMILITUDE
formal list of books, mags, articles, etc about a particular subject or by a certain author
BIBLIOGRAPHY
form of composition that portrays life and characters through dialogue and action, intended for the stage
DRAMA
drama where protagonist is overcome in catastrophe, usually death, thru a tragic flaw or forces beyond the cntrl of protagonist
TRAGEDY
form of drama where protagonist overcomes the obstacles, usually social in nature
COMEDY
comedy in which main plot is serious and might lead to catastrophe, but ends happily for the protagonist
TRAGICOMEDY
comedy primarily intended to make people laugh
FARCE
comedy focusing on vices of society to ridicule
SATIRICAL COMEDY
when protagonist, no matter how dissolute, reforms in the end
SENTIMENTAL COMEDY
a play in which an excess of one of the "humours" (blood, phlegm, etc) governs the protagonist, with caricatures rather than characters
COMEDY OF HUMOURS
commedy where artificialities of a sophisicated society are exposed and satirized, plot is less imprt than characters
COMEDY OF MANNERS
form of comedy in which reality is disregarded and fanciful world and situations predominate
FANTASY
highly sensational or romantic play in which reality is suspended to give the audience thrills or to create emotional excitement
MELODRAMA
drama based on historical events
CHRONICLE PLAY
medieval drama which presented stories from the Bible, usually centering about the redemption of man
MYSTERY PLAY
medieval drama which related stories about the lives of the saints and the miracles which they performed
MIRACLE PLAY
type of allegorical drama in which characters were such as charity, faith, etc, struggle between virtue and vice
MORALITY PLAY
farcical type of short drama designed to be in between acts of a miracle or morality play, or even between courses at a banquet
INTERLUDE
spectacular drama w/ a loosely contructed allegorical plot, much singing/dancing/ornate costumes
MASQUE
dramatic poetry intended primarily for reading rather than production
CLOSET DRAMA
equivalent to novel v. short story, should deal with a single crisis in the life of a single character
ONE-ACT PLAY
people of the drama, list of chracters usually found immediately following title of play
DRAMATIS PERSONAE