Warner A Selective Vocabulary List for English Majors

 

Absurd

Aesthetic distance

Allegory

Antagonist

Anti-hero

Apodictic (true! - Shown!)

Archetype

Autobiography

Bathos/Pathos

Bildungsroman

Biography

Black Humor

Burlesque

Catharsis

Character(-ization)

Flat..Round...

Comedy

Concretizes

Confession

Decadence

Deconstruction

Defamiliarize

Deformed

Diachronic

Dialectic

Dialogue

Didactic

Differance

Discourse

Drama

Dystopia/Utopia

Ego, Superego, Anima, Id

Eidetic ("type")

Epistolary

Erasure

Exegesis

Existential

Explication

Expressionism (-istic)

Fable

Fallacies (Intentional;

Pathetic)

Farce

Fiction

Formalism

Genre

Gothic

Hegemony (-ic)

Hermeneutical Circle

Hero

Historical novel/Romance

Historie vs Geschichte

cf. Story vs. Plot

Humanism

imagery

Implied/Ideal Reader

Impressionism (-istic)

Intentionalist/Essentialist

Irony

Journal/Diary/Log

Leitmotif

Lyric

Metalanguage

Metaphorical/Metonymic

Metaphysics

Memesis

Modernism

Motivation

Myth

Narrative

Narratology

Naturalism

New Criticism

Overdetermined

Parody

Parole/Langue

Pastoral

Phenomenology

Picaresque

Point of View (1st, 3d, etc)

Polysemic

Post-Structuralism

Prose

Protagonist

Reader-Response Crit

"Reception" Crit

Realism

Regionalism

Rhetoric

Reify

Roman Clef

Romance

Satire

Semantic(-ally Saturated)

Signifier/Signified

Sprezzatura

Stereotype

Structuralism

Surrealism

Synesthesia

Syntagmatic/Paradigmatic

Tone

Tragedy

Transgresses(violence to)

Valorize

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