I think it well worth giving a plug to because it is not only a useful illustrated guide to literary terminology, but also so nicely tongue-in-cheek. Aimed primarily at those who spent their formative years:
... playing video games while dickens and Hardy sat unread on the shelf ...It's a fun read too for those of us who (at least think we) have the jargon at our fingertips, and it's the kind of book I'd love to make available for my students to dip into if I were still teaching literature.
Here some of the definitions:
Novel. A Novel is a fully inflated short story.Sadly one literary term I can never find words to explain simply and concisely ... that slippery creature Post-Modernism ... is not included.
Plagiarism. This means stealing another author's work and passing it off as your own. i tis a violation of COPYRIGHT. There is a difference between plagiarism and HOMAGE. Authors who commit plagiarism get into trouble. Authors who practice homage do not.
Research. This means using a library or database to find information on a given topic before writing about it. in more practical terms, research means trying to find out who has done most of your work for you already. See PLAGIARISM.
Classic. This is a book that people still remember, and sometimes even go back and read again, five or 10 years after it is published. if you remember the characters' names after six months, then it is on it's way to becoming a classic.
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