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Literary terms and criticism

Literary terms and criticism

Peck, John, 1947-; Coyle, Martin

This third edition, which contains updated material, additional discussion of critical terms and approaches and a revised further reading list, is a guide to the study of English literature

Paperback, Book. English.
3rd ed.
Published Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2002
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Statement of responsibility: John Peck and Martin Coyle
ISBN: 0333962583, 9780333962589
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 222-228) and index.
Note: Previous ed: Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1993.
Physical Description: x, 241 p. ; 22 cm.
Series: Palgrave study guides
Subject: Literature Terminology.; Dictionaries; Criticism Terminology.; Literary Criticism; English literature History and criticism.; Critical Theory


  1. Preface
  2. How to Use This Guide
  3. English, American and Postcolonial Literature: a Brief Survey
  4. Poetry
  5. Drama
  6. The Novel
  7. Critical Concepts
  8. Critical Positions and Perspectives
  9. Further Reading
  10. Author Index
  11. Subject Index

Author note

JOHN PECK and MARTIN COYLE are Senior Lecturers in English at Cardiff University. They are the General Editors of the New Casebooks series, and the Palgrave Critical Issues series.


Literary Terms and Criticism has long been established as the best-selling guide to the study of English literature. It offers a comprehensive introduction to English poetry, drama and the novel, complete with practical advice and tips on how to analyse texts and how to make sense of the critical terms we employ in discussing literature. It is also the clearest and most useful of all guides to modern critical theory. There are entries on all aspects of critical thinking, ranging from traditional criticism through to postcolonialism and cultural materialism. This new edition also contains updated material, a revised further reading list and additional discussion of critical terms and approaches. In so doing, it remains the indispensable guide - providing you with the vital starting-point for whatever text you are studying, and giving you ideas you can draw on throughout your course.