Critical Vocabulary

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AnalepsisA flashback (an internal analepsis is a flashback to an earlier point in the narrative, whereas an external analepsis is a flashback to a time before the narrative started.)
AssonanceResemblance of sound between syllables of nearby words, arising from the rhyming of stressed vowels or use of identical consonants with different vowels.
BathosAn anticlimax created by an unintentional lapse in mood from the sublime to the ridiculous.
BildungsromanA novel which follows the progression of the protagonist from childhood into adolescence or adulthood through a troubled quest for identity.
BlazonA poetic catalogue of a woman’s physical features.
ClimaxAny moment of great intensity.
ClosureThe sense of completion or resolution at the end of a literary work.
CrisisA decisive point in a literary text upon which the rest of the remaining action depends.
DenotationThe primary meaning of a word (opposite to connotation).
Dénouement (Day-noo-mar)The clearing up of the complications in a story.
IronyA discrepancy between what is said and what is actually meant.
LeitmotifA frequently repeated image, phrase, symbol or situation.
LexisThe vocabulary in a text, as opposed to grammar or syntax.
Memoir-novelA novel that presents itself as a true autobiography or memoir.
Meta-fictionFiction about fiction; or fiction that openly comments on its fictional status.
MotifAn element of a work that is elaborated into a more general theme.
ParadoxA self-contradictory statement.
PathosThe emotionally moving quality of a text or passages within it.
ProlepsisA flash forward.
Self-reflexiveLiterary works that openly reflect upon their own processes of composition
SibilanceThe recurrence of the ‘hissing’ sounds known as sibilants (s, sh, z, h, c)
SynaesthesiaThe blending of different kinds of sensations in which one type is described in terms more appropriate to another.

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