2019-07-05 四川自考成考

  01. Humanism(人文主义)

  Humanism is the essence of the Renaissance.

  it emphasizes the dignity of human beings and the importance of the present life. Humanists voiced their beliefs that man was the center of the universe and man did not only have the right to enjoy the beauty of the present life, but had the ability to perfect himself and to perform wonders.

  02. Renaissance(文艺复兴)

  The word “Renaissance”means “rebirth”, it meant the reintroduction into westerm Europe of the full cultural heritage of Greece and Rome.

  2>the essence of the Renaissance is Humanism. Attitudes and feelings which had been characteristic of the 14th and 15th centuries persisted well down into the era of Humanism and reformation.

  3> the real mainstream of the english Renaissance is the Elizabethan drama with william shakespeare being the leading dramatist.

  03. Metaphysical poetry(玄学派诗歌)

  Metaphysical poetry is commonly used to name the work of the 17th century writers who wrote under the influence of John Donne.

  2>with a rebellious spirit, the Metaphysical poets tried to break away from the conventional fashion of the Elizabethan love poetry.

  3>the diction is simple as compared with that of the Elizabethan or the Neoclassical periods, and echoes the words and cadences of common speech.4>the imagery is drawn from actual life.

  04. Classcism(古典主义)

  Classcism refers to a movement or tendency in art, literature, or music that reflects the principles manifested in the art of ancient Greece and Rome. Classicism emphasizes the traditional and the universal, and places value on reason, clarity, balance, and order. Classicism, with its concern for reason and universal themes, is traditionally opposed to Romanticism, which is concerned with emotions and personal themes.

  05. Enlightenment(启蒙运动)

  Enlightenment movement was a progressive philosophical and artistic movement which flourished in france and swept through western Europe in the 18th century.

  2> the movement was a furtherance of the Renaissance from 14th century to the mid-17th century.

  3>its purpose was to enlighten the whole world with the light of modern philosophical and artistic ideas.

  4>it celebrated reason or rationality, equality and science. It advocated universal education.

  5>famous among the great enlighteners in england were those great writers like Alexander pope. Jonathan swift.etc.


  In the field of literature, the enlightenment movement brought about a revival of interest in the old classical works.

  2>this tendency is known as neoclassicism. The Neoclassicists held that forms of literature were to be modeled after the classical works of the ancient Greek and Roman writers such as Homer and Virgil and those of the contemporary French ones.

  3> they believed that the artistic ideals should be order, logic, restrained emotion and accuracy, and that literature should be judged in terms of its service to humanity.

  07. The Graveyard School(墓地派诗歌)

  The Graveyard School refers to a school of poets of the 18th century whose poems are mostly devoted to a sentimental lamentation or meditation on life. Past and present, with death and graveyard as themes.

  2>Thomas Gray is considered to be the leading figure of this school and his Elegy written in a country churchyard is its most representative work.

  08. Romanticism(浪漫主义)

  1>In the mid-18th century, a new literary movement called romanticism came to Europe and then to England.

  2>It was characterized by a strong protest against the bondage of neoclassicism, which emphasized reason, order and elegant wit. Instead, romanticism gave primary concern to passion, emotion, and natural beauty.

  3>In the history of literature. Romanticism is generally regarded as the thought that designates a literary and philosophical theory which tends to see the individual as the very center of all life and experience. 4> The English romantic period is an age of poetry which prevailed in England from 1798 to 1837. The major romantic poets include Wordsworth, Byron and Shelley.

  09. Byronic Hero(拜伦式英雄)

  Byronic hero refers to a proud, mysterious rebel figure of noble origin.

  2> with immense superiority in his passions and powers, this Byronic Hero would carry on his shoulders the burden of righting all the wrongs in a corrupt society. And would rise single-handedly against any kind of tyrannical rules either in government, in religion, or in moral principles with unconquerable wills and inexhaustible energies.

  3> Byron‘s chief contribution to English literature is his creation of the “Byronic Hero”

  10. Critical Realism(批判现实主义)

  Critical Realism is a term applied to the realistic fiction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

  2> It means the tendency of writers and intellectuals in the period between 1875 and 1920 to apply the methods of realistic fiction to the criticism of society and the examination of social issues.

  3> Realist writers were all concerned about the fate of the common people and described what was faithful to reality.

  4> Charles Dickens is the most important critical realist.

  11. Aestheticism(美学主义)

  The basic theory of the Aesthetic movement—— “art for art‘s sake” was set forth by a French poet, Theophile Gautier, the first Englishman who wrote about the theory of aestheticism was Walter Pater.

  2> aestheticism places art above life, and holds that life should imitate art, not art imitate life.

  3> According to the aesthetes, all artistic creation is absolutely subjective as opposed to objective. Art should be free from any influence of egoism. Only when art is for art‘s sake, can it be immortal. They believed that art should be unconcerned with controversial issues, such as politics and morality, and that it should be restricted to contributing beauty in a highly polished style.

  4> This is one of the reactions against the materialism and commercialism of the Victorian industrial era, as well as a reaction against the Victorian convention of art for morality‘s sake, or art for money’s sake.


  12.The Victorian period(维多利亚时期)

  In this period, the novel became the most widely read and the most vital and challenging expression of progressive thought. While sticking to the principle of faithful representation of the 18th century realist novel, novelists in this period carried their duty forward to criticism of the society and the defense of the mass.

  2> although writing from different points of view and with different techniques, they shared one thing in common, that is, they were all concerned about the fate of the common people. They were angry with the inhuman social institutions, the decaying social morality as represented by the money-worship and Utilitarianism, and the widespread misery, poverty and injustice.

  3>their truthful picture of people‘s life and bitter and strong criticism of the society had done much in awakening the public consciousness to the social problems and in the actual improvement of the society.

  4> Charles Dickens is the leading figure of the Victorian period.

  13. Modernism(现代主义)

  Modernism is comprehensive but vague term for a movement , which begin in the late 19th century and which has had a wide influence internationally during much of the 20th century.

  2> modernism takes the irrational philosophy and the theory of psycho-analysis as its theoretical case.

  3> the term pertains to all the creative arts. Especially poetry, fiction, drama, painting, music and architecture.

  4> in England from early in the 20th century and during the 1920s and 1930s, in America from shortly before the first world war and on during the inter-war period, modernist tendencies were at their most active and fruitful.

  5>as far as literature is concerned, Modernism reveals a breaking away from established rules, traditions and conventions. fresh ways of looking at man‘s position and function in the universe and many experiments in form and style. It is particularly concerned with language and how to use it and with writing itself.

  14. Stream of consciousness(意识流)(or interior monologue)

  In literary criticism, Stream of consciousness denotes a literary technique which seeks to describe an individual‘s point of view by giving the written equivalent of the character’s thought processes. Stream of consciousness writing is strongly associated with the modernist movement. Its introduction in the literary context, transferred from psychology, is attributed to May Sinclair. Stream of consciousness writing is usually regarded as a special form of interior monologue and is characterized by associative leaps in syntax and punctuation that can make the prose difficult to follow, tracing as they do a character‘s fragmentary thoughts and sensory feelings. Famous writers to employ this technique in the English language include James Joyce and William Faulkner.


  15. American Puritanism(美国清教主义)

  Puritanism was a religious reform that arose within the Church of England in the late 16th century. Under siege from church and crown, it sent an offshoot in the third and fourth decades of the 17th to the northern English colonies in the new world——a migration that laid the foundation for the religious, intellectual, and social order of New England. Puritanism, however, was not only a historically specific phenomenon coincident with the founding of new England, it was also a way of being in the world——a style of response to lived experience——that has reverberated through American life ever since. Doctrinally, puritans adhered to the five points of Calvinism as codified at the synod of dort in 1619:

  1) Unconditional election: the idea that God had decreed at the synod of damned and who was saved from before the beginning of the world;

  2) limited atonement: the idea that Christ died for the elect only;

  3) Total depravity: humanity‘s utter corruption since the fall;

  4) Irresistible grace: regeneration as entirely a work of God, which cannot be re3sisted and to which the sinner contributes nothing;

  5) The perseverance of the saints: the elect, despite their backsliding and faintness of heart, cannot fall away from grace.

  清教主义是16世纪晚期在英国教会内进行的一场宗教改革。在教会和皇权的双重压力之下,清教的一个分支于17世纪30,40年代迁至美洲新大陆的北方殖民地,他们为新英格兰奠定了宗教、知识和社会秩序的基础。清教主义不仅符合新英格兰成立的特定历史,而且一直反映了美国生活的一种生活方式。从教义上说,清教徒遵循加尔文派于1619年多特宗教会议上制定的五条信条:1)无条件拣选:神没有任凭人在罪中灭亡,而是在创世以前就拣选了一群人旅行拯救; 2)有限救赎: 基督的死只是为了特定数目的选民而死; 3)完全堕落:自从亚当偷吃善恶果后,整个人类都堕落了;4)不可抗拒的恩典:圣灵的能力在罪人心里运行,一直到他认罪悔改方休;5)圣徒的坚守:圣徒是神所挑选的,无论他们如何退步,始终在神的感召下。


  16. American Romanticism(美国浪漫主义)

  Romanticism refers to an artistic and intellectual movement originating in Europe in the late 18th century and characterized by a heightened interest in nature, emphasis on the individual‘s expression of emotion and imagination, departure from the attitudes and forms of classicism, and rebellion against established social rules and conventions. The romantic period in American literature stretches from the end of the 18th century through the outbreak of the civil war. It was an age of great westward expansion, of the increasing gravity of the slavery question, of an intensification of the spirit of embattled sectionalism in the south, and of a powerful impulse to reform in the north. In literature it was America’s first great creative period, a full flowering of the romantic impulse on American soil. Although foreign influences were strong, American romanticism exhibited from the very outset distinct features of its own. First, American romanticism was in essence the expression of “a real new experience”and contained “an alien quality” for the simple reason that “the spirit of the place” was radically new and alien. Second, puritan influence over American romanticism was conspicuously noticeable. Emerging as new writers of strength and creative power were the novelists Hawthorne, Melville, the poets Dickinson, Whitman, the essayists Thoreau, Emerson. These American writers had made a great literary period by capturing on their pages the enthusiasm and the optimism of that dream.


  17. Transcendentalism(超验主义)

  Transcendentalism is literature, philosophical and literary movement that flourished in new England from about 1836 to 1860. it is the summit of American Romanticism. it originated among a small group of intellectuals who were reacting against the orthodoxy of Calvinism and the rationalism of the Unitarian Church, developing instead their own faith centering on the divinity of humanity and the natural world. Transcendentalism derived some of its basic idealistic concepts from romantic German philosophy, and from such English authors as Coleridge and Wordsworth. Its mystical aspects were partly influenced by Indian and Chinese religious teachings. Although Transcendentalism was never a rigorously systematic philosophy, it had some basic tenets that were generally shared by its adherents. The beliefs that God is immanent in each person and in nature and that individual intuition is the highest source of knowledge led to an optimistic emphasis on individualism, self-reliance, and rejection of traditional authority. The ideas of Transcendentalism were most eloquently expressed by Ralph waldo Emerson in such essays as Nature, and by Henry David Thoreau in his book Walden.

  超验主义是从1836至1860于新英格兰发起的一场文学,哲学以及艺术运动。即浪漫主义的顶点。由于一小群知识分子反对加尔文教派和唯一神论教派理性的形式主义,他们从而提出人与自然的神圣这一信念。超验主义受到德国浪漫主义哲学以及英国浪漫主义作家柯勒律治和沃兹华斯的影响,还在一定程度上受到东方古典哲学和宗教的影响。尽管超验主义思想并不能算是严格意义上的哲学, 但是它还是有一些基本原则的。超验主义者认为人人都有内在的神性,只有通过接触自然才能使神性与人的天性相互融合。从而超验主义十分强调个人主义,自立,拒绝传统权威思想。超验主义思想在爱默生的<论自然> 和梭罗的<瓦尔登湖>等书中表现得淋漓尽致。

  18. the Age of Realism(现实主义时期)

  1)。Realism was a reaction against Romanticism and paved the way to Modernism; 2)。During this period a new generation of writers, dissatisfied with the Romantic ideas in the older generation, came up with a new inspiration. This new attitude was characterized by a great interest in the realities of life. It aimed at the interpretation of the realities of any aspect of life, free from subjective prejudice, idealism, or romantic color. Instead of thinking about the mysteries of life and death and heroic individualism, people‘s attention was now directed to the interesting features of everyday existence, to what was brutal or sordid, and to the open portrayal of class struggle;3) so writers began to describe the integrity of human characters reacting under various circumstances and picture the pioneers of the far west, the new immigrants and the struggles of the working class; 4) Mark Twain Howells and Henry James are three leading figures of the American Realism.

  19. American Naturalism(美国自然主义文学)

  The American naturalists accepted the more negative interpretation of Darwin‘s evolutionary theory and used it to accout for the behavior of those characters in literary works who were regarded as more or less complex combinations of inherited attributes, their habits conditioned by social and economic forces.2) naturalism is evolved from realism when the author’s tone in writing becomes less serious and less sympathetic but more ironic and more pessimistic. It is no more than a gloomy philosophical approach to reality, or to human existence.3>Dreiser is a leading figure of his school.

  20. Naturalism(自然主义)

  Naturalism is a literary movement related to and sometimes described as an extreme form of realism but which may be more appropriately considered as a parallel to philosophic Naturalism. 2) as a more deliberate kind of realism Naturalism usually involves a view of human beings as passive victims of natural forces and social environment. In Naturalism a more documentary-like approach is in evidence, with a great stress on how environment and heredity shape people. 3) As a literary movement, Naturalism was initiated in France. 4) Naturalist fiction aspired to a sociological objectivity, offering detailed and fully researched investigations into unexplored concerns of modern society.

  21. Local Colorism(乡土文学)

  Generally speaking, the writings of local colorists are concerned with the life of a small, well-defined region or province. The characteristic setting is the isolated small town.

  2) Local colorists were consciously nostalgic historians of a vanishing way of life, recorders of a present that faded before their eyes. Yet for all their sentimentality, they dedicated themselves to minutely accurate descriptions of the life of their regions, they worked from personal experience to record the facts of a local environment and suggested that the native life was shaped by the curious conditions of the local.

  3) major local colorists is Mark Twain.

  22. Imagism(意象主义)

  Imagism came into being in Britain and U.S around 1910 as a reaction to the traditional English poetry to express the sense of fragmentation and dislocation.

  2>the imagists, with Ezra Pound leading the way, hold that the most effective means to express these momentary impressions is through the use of one dominant image.

  3>imagism is characterized by the following three poetic principles:

  A. direct treatment of subject matter;

  B. economy of expression;

  C. as regards rhythm, to compose in the sequence of the musical phrase, not in the sequence of metronome.

  4> pound‘s In a Station of the Metro is a well-known imagist poem.

  23. The Lost Generation(迷惘的一代)

  The lost generation is a term first used by Stein to describe the post-war I generation of American writers: men and women haunted by a sense of betrayal and emptiness brought about by the destructiveness of the war.

  2>full of youthful idealism, these individuals sought the meaning of life, drank excessively, had love affairs and created some of the finest American literature to date.

  3>the three best-known representatives of lost generation are F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hemingway and John dos Passos.

  24. Expressionism(表现主义)

  Expressionism refers to a movement in Germany early in the 20th century. In which a number of painters sought to avoid the representation of external reality and ,instead, to project a highly personal or subjective vision of the world.

  2> expressionism is a reaction against realism or naturalism, aiming at presenting a post-war world violently distorted.

  3> in a further sense, the term is sometimes applied to the belief that literary works are essentially expressions of their authors‘moods and thoughts; this has been the dominant assumption about literature since the rise of romanticism.

  25. The Beat Generation(垮掉的一代)

  The members of The Beat Generation were new bohemian libertines, who engaged in a spontaneous, sometimes messy, creativity.

  2> The Beat writers produced a body of written work controversial both for its advocacy of non-conformity and for its non-conforming style.

  3> the major beat writings are Allen Ginsberg‘s Howl. Howl became the manifesto of The Beat Generation.

  26. Jazz Age(爵士时代)

  The Jazz Age describes the period of the 1920s and 1930s, the years between World War I and World War II. Particularly in North America. With the rise of the great depression, the values of this age saw much decline. Perhaps the most representative literary work of the age is American writer Fitzgerald‘s The Great Gatsby. Highlighting what some describe as the decadence and hedonism, as well as the growth of individualism. Fitzgerald is largely credited with coining the term“ Jazz Age”。

  27. Surrealism(超现实主义)

  An anti-rational movement of imaginative liberation in European in art and literature in the 1920s and 1930s, which launched by Andre Breton after his break from the Dada group in 1922. Surrealism seeks to break down the boundaries between rationality and irrationality, exploring the resources and revolutionary energies of dreams, hallucinations and sexual desire. Influenced both by the symbolists and by Sigmund Freud‘s theories of the unconscious, the surrealists experimented with automatic writing and with the free association of random images brought in surprising juxtaposition.


  28. Metaphysical poets(玄学派诗人)

  It is the name given to a diverse group of 17th century English poets whose work is notable for its ingenious use of intellectual and theological concepts in surprising conceits, strange paradoxes and far-fetched imagery. The leading Metaphysical poet was John Donne, whose colloquial, argumentative abruptness of rhythm and tone distinguishes his style from the conventions of Elizabethan love lyrics.

  29. New Criticism(新批评主义)

  New Criticism is a movement in American literary criticism from the 1930s to the 1960s, concentrating on the verbal complexities and ambiguities of short poems considered as self-sufficient objects without attention to their origins or effects. The name comes from John Chrisom‘s book The New Criticism.

  30. Feminism(女权主义)

  Feminism incorporates both a doctrine of equal rights for women and an ideology of social transformation aiming to create a world for women beyond simple social equality.

  2>in general, feminism is ideology of women‘s liberation based on the belief that women suffer injustice because of their sex. Under this broad umbrella various feminisms offer differing analyses of the causes, or agents, of female oppression.

  3> definitions of feminism by feminists tend to be shaped by their training, ideology or race. So, for example, Marxist and socialist feminists stress the interaction within feminism of class with gender and focus on social distinctions between men and women. Black feminists argue much more for an integrated analysis which can unlock the multiple systems of oppression.


  31. Hemingway Code Hero(海明威式英雄)

  Hemingway Code Hero, also called code hero, is one who, wounded but strong more sensitive, enjoys the pleasures of life (sex, alcohol, sport) in face of ruin and death, and maintains, through some notion of a code, an ideal of himself.

  2> barnes in the sun also Rises, Henry in a Farewell to arms and Santiago in the old man and the sea are typical of Hemingway Code Hero

  32. Impressionism(印象主义)

  Impressionism is a style of painting that gives the impression made by the subject on the artist without much attention to details. Writers accepted the same conviction that the personal attitudes and moods of the writer were legitimate elements in depicting character or setting or action.2>briefly, it is a style of literature characterized by the creation of general impressions and moods rather that realistic mood.

  33. Postmodernism(后现代主义)

  It is a disputed term that has occupied much recent debate about contemporary culture since the early 1980s. in its simplest and least satisfactory sense it refers generally to the phase of 20th century western culture that succeeded the reign of hign modernism, thus indicating the products of the “space age” after some time in the 1950s. More often, though it is applied to a cultural condition prevailing in the advanced capitalist societies since the 1960s, characterized by a superabundance of disconnected images and styles. In this sense, post modernity is said to be a culture of fragmentary sensations, eclectic nostalgia, disposable simulacra, and promiscuous superficiality, in which the traditionally valued qualities of depth, coherence, meaning originality and authenticity are evacuated or dissolved amid the random swirl of empty signals.


  34. Confessional poetry(自白派诗歌)

  It is an autobiographical mode of verse that reveals the poet‘s personal problems with unusual frankness. The term is usually applied to certain poets of the United states from the late 1950s to the late 1960s, notably Robert Lowell. The term’s distinctive sense depends on the candid examination of what were at the time of writing virtually unmentionable kinds of private distress. The genuine strengths of confessional poets, combined with the pity evoked by their high suicide rate, encouraged in the reading public a romantic confusion between poetic excellence and inner torment.


  35. The New York School(纽约派)

  The New York School was an informal group of American poets and painters active in 1950s New York City, critics argued that their work was a reaction to the confessional‘s movement in contemporary poetry. Their poetic subject matter was often light, violent, or observational, while their writing style was often described as cosmopolitan and world-traveled. the poets often drew inspiration from surrealism and the contemporary avant-garde art movement, in particular the action painting of their friends in the New York City art circle.there are also commonalities between the New York School and the earlier Beat Generation poets active in 1940s and 1950s New York City.


  36. The Absurd (荒谬派)

  It is a term derived from the existentialism of Albert Camus, and often applied to the modern sense of human purposelessness in a universe without meaning or value. Many 20th century writers of prose fiction have stressed the absurd nature of human existence: notable instances are the novels and stories of Franz Kafka, in which the characters face alarmingly incomprehensible predicaments.

  37. The Black Mountain Poets(黑山派诗人)

  The Black Mountain Poets refer to a group of poets active on the contemporary scene, as these people were either associated with Black Mountain college, or with Black Mountain Review, they have become known as “The Black Mountain Poets”2> the leading figure of this school of poetry was Charles Olson.

  38. Realism(现实主义)

  Realism was a loosely used term meaning truth to the observed facts of life (especially when they are gloomy)。 Realism in literature is an approach that attempts to describe life without idealization or romantic subjectivity.

  39. Allegory(寓言)

  Allegory is a story told to explain or teach something. Especially a long and complicated story with an underlying meaning different from the surface meaning of the story itself.2>allegorical novels use extended metaphors to convey moral meanings or attack certain social evils. characters in these novels often stand for different values such as virtue and vice.3>Bunyan‘s Pilgrim’s Progress, Melville‘s Moby Dick are such examples.

  40. Alliteration(头韵)

  Alliteration means a repetition of the initial sounds of several words in a line or group.

  2>alliteration is a traditional poetic device in English literature.

  3>Robert Frost‘s Acquainted with the Night is a case in point:“ I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet”

  41. Ballad(民谣)

  Ballad is a story in poetic from to be sung or recited. in more exact literary terminology, a ballad is a narrative poem consisting of quatrains of iambic tetrameter alternating with iambic trimester.(抑扬格四音步与抑扬格三音步诗行交替出现的四行叙事诗)

  2>.ballads were passed down from generation to generation. 3>Coleridge‘s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a 19th century English ballad.

  42. epic(史诗)

  Epic, in poetry, refers to a long work dealing with the actions of goods and heroes.

  2>Epic poems are not merely entertaining stories of legendary or historical heroes; they summarize and express the nature or ideals of an entire nation at a significant or crucial period of its history.

  3>Beowulf is the greatest national Epic of the Anglo-Saxons.

  43. Lay(短叙事诗)

  It is a short poem, usually a romantic narrative, intended to be sung or recited by a minstrel.

  44. Romance(传奇)

  Romance is a popular literary form in the medic England.

  2>it sings knightly adventures or other heroic deeds.

  3> chivalry is the spirit of the romance.

  45. Alexandrine(亚历山大诗行)

  The name is derived from the fact that certain 12th and 13th century French poems on Alexander the Great were written in this meter.

  2>it is an iambic line of six feet, which is the French heroic verse.


  46. Blank Verse(无韵诗)

  Blank verse is unrhymed poetry. Typically in iambic pentameter, and as such, the dominant verse forms of English dramatic and narrative poetry since the mid-16th century.

  47. Comedy(喜剧)

  Comedy is a light form of drama that aims primarily to amuse and that ends happily. Since it strives to provoke smile and laughter, both wit and humor are utilized. In general, the comic effect arises from recognition of some incongruity of speech, action, or character revelation, with intricate plot.

  48. Essay(随笔)

  The term refers to literary composition devoted to the presentation of the writer‘s own ideas on a topic and generally addressing a particular aspect of the subject. Often brief in scope and informal in style, the essay differs from such fomal forms as the thesis, dissertation or treatise.

  49. Euphuistic style(绮丽体)

  Its principle characteristics are the excessive use of antithesis, which is pursued regardless of sense, and emphasized by alliteration and other devices; and of allusions to historical and mythological personages and to natural history drawn from such writers as Plutarch(普卢塔克), Pliny(普林尼), and Erasmus(伊拉兹马斯)。2> it is the peculiar style of Euphues(优浮绮斯)

  50. History Plays(历史剧)(

  History plays aim to present some historical age or character, and may be either a comedy or a tragedy. They almost tell stories about the nobles, the true people in history, but not ordinary people. the principle idea of Shakespeare‘s history plays is the necessity for national unity under a mighty and just sovereign.

  51. Masques or Masks(假面剧)

  Masques (or Masks) refer to the dramatic entertainments involving dances and disguises, in which the spectacular and musical elements predominated over plot and character. As they were usually performed at court, often at very great expense, many have political overtones.

  52. Morality plays(道德剧)

  A kind of medic and early Renaissance drama that presents the conflict between the good and evil through allegorical characters. The characters tend to be personified abstractions of vices and virtues, which can be named as Mercy. Conscience, etc. unlike a mystery or a miracle play, morality play does not necessarily use Biblical or strictly religious material because it takes place internally and psychologically in every human being.


  It is a lyric poem of 14 lines with a formal or recited and characterized by its presentation of a dramatic or exciting episode in simple narrative form.

  2>it is one of the most conventional and influential forms of poetry in Europe.

  3>Shakespeare‘s sonnets are well-known.

  54. Spenserian Stanza(斯宾塞诗节)

  Spenserian Stanza is the creation of Edmund spenser.2>it refers to a stanza of nine lines, with the first eight lines in iambic pentameter(五音步抑扬格) and the last line in iambic hexameter(六音步抑扬格),rhyming ababbcbcc. 3> Spenser‘s the Faerie Queen was written in this kind of stanza.

  55. Stanza(诗节)

  Stanza is a group of lines of poetry, usually four or more, arranged according to a fixed plan.2>the stanza is the unit of structure in a poem and poets do not vary the unit within a poem.

  56. Three Unities(三一原则)

  Three rules of 16th and 17th century Italian and French drama, broadly adapted from Aristotle‘s Poetics<诗学>:

  2> the unity of time, which limits a play to a single day; the unity of place, which limits a play‘s setting in a single location; and the unity of action, which limits a play to a single story line.

  57. Tragedy(悲剧)

  In general, a literary work in which the protagonist meets an unhappy or disastrous end. Unlike comedy, tragedy depicts the actions of a central character who is usually dignified or heroic.


  Conceit is a far-fetched simile or metaphor, a literary conceit occurs when the speaker compares two highly dissimilar things.2>conceit is extensively employed in John Donne‘s poetry.


  The word“meter” is derived from the Greek word“metron” meaning“measure”。

  2>in English when applied to poetry, it refers to the regular pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables.

  3> the analysis of the meter is called scansion(格律分析)

  60. University Wits(大学才子)

  University Wits refer to a group of scholars during the Elizabethan Age who graduated from either oxford or Cambridge. They came to London with the ambition to become professional writers. Some of them later became famous poets and playwrights. They were called“ University Wits”



  Foreshadowing, the use of hints or clues in a novel or drama to suggest what will happen next. Writers use Foreshadowing to create interest and to build suspense.

  method used to build suspense by providing hints of what is to come.

  62. Soliloquy(独白)

  Soliloquy, in drama, means a moment when a character is alone and speaks his or her thoughts aloud……2>the line “to be, or not to be, that is the question”, which begins the famous soliloquy from Shakespeare‘s Hamlet.

  63.Narrative Poem(叙述诗)

  Narrative Poem refers to a poem that tells a story in verse,2>three traditional types of narrative poems include ballads, epics, metrical romances.

  3>it may consist of a series of incidents, as John Milton‘s paradise lost.

  64.Robin Hood(罗宾豪)

  Robin hood is a legendary hero of a series of English ballads, some of which date from at least the 14th century.

  2>the character of Robin Hood is many-sided. Strong, brave and intelligent, he is at the same time tender-hearted and affectionate.

  3> the dominant key in his character is his hatred for the cruel oppression and his love for the poor and downtrodden.4>another feature of Robin‘s view is his reverence for the king, Robin Hood was a people’s hero.

  65. Beowulf(贝奥武甫)

  Beowulf, a typical example of old English poetry, is regarded as the greatest national epic of t he Anglo-Saxons. 2> the epic describes the exploits of a Scandinavian hero, Beowulf, in fighting against the monster Grendel, his revengeful nother, and a fire-breathing dragon in his declining years. While fight against the dragon, Beowulf was mortally wounded, however, he killed the dragon at the cost of his life, Beowulf is shown not only as a glorious hero but also as a protector of the people.

  66. Baroque(巴罗克式风格)

  This is originally a term of abuse applied to 17th century Italian art and that of other countries. It is characterized by the unclassical use of classical forms, in a literary context; it is loosely used to describe highly ornamented verse or prose, abounding in extravagant conceits.


  67. Cavalier poets(骑士派诗人)

  A name given to supporters of Charles I in the civil war. These poets were not a formal group, but all influenced by Ben Jonson and like him paid little attention to the sonnet. Their lyrics are distinguished by short lines, precise but idiomatic diction, and an urbane and graceful wit.

  68. Elegy(挽歌)

  Elegy has typically been used to refer to reflective poems that lament the loss of something or someone, and characterized by their metrical form.

  69. Restoration Comedy(复辟时期喜剧)

  Restoration Comedy, also the comedy of manners, developed upon the reopening of the theatres after the re-establishment of monarchy with the return of Charles II…… Its predominant tone was witty, bawdy, cynical, and amoral. Standard characters include fops, bawds, scheming valets, country squires, and sexually voracious young widows and older women. The principle theme is sexual intrigue, either for its own sake or for money.


  70. Action(情节)

  A real or fictional event or series of such events comprising the subject of a novel, story, narrative poem, or a play, especially in the sense of what the characters do in such a narrative.

  71. Adventure novel(探险小说)

  The adventure novel is a literary genry that has adventure, an exciting undertaking involving risk and physical danger, as its main theme, in which exciting events and fast paced actions are more important than character development, theme, or symbolism.

  72. Archaism(古语)

  A word, expression, spelling, or phrase that is out of date in the common speech of an era, but still deliberately used by writer, poet, or playwright for artistic purposes.

  73. Atmosphere(基调)

  The prevailing mood or feeling of a literary work. Atmosphere is often developed, at least in part, through descriptions of setting. Such descriptions help to create an emotional climate for the werrors to establish the reader‘s expectations and attitudes.

  74. Didactic literature(说教文学)

  Didactic literature is said to be didactic if it deliberately teaches some moral lesson, the use of literature for such teaching is one of its traditional justifications.2>most modern literary works during the enlightenment period tended to be didactic.

  75. Epigram(警句)

  A short, witty, pointed statement often in the form of a poem.


  76. Farce(闹剧)

  Farce refers to a play full of ridiculous happenings, absurd actions, and unreal situations, meant to be very funny.

  77. The Heroic Couplet(英雄对偶句)

  The Heroic Couplet means a pair of lines of a type once common in English poetry, in other words, it means iambic pentameter rhymed in two lines.

  78. Satire(讽刺)

  Satire means a kind of writing that holds up to ridicule or contempt the weakness and wrongdoings of individuals, groups, institutions, or humanity in general.

  2> the aim of satirists is to set a moral standard for society, and they attempt to persuade the reader to see their point of view through the force of laughter.

  3> Swift‘s Gulliver’s Travels is a great satire of the English society from different aspects.

  79. Sentimentalism(感伤主义文学)

  Sentimentalism is a pejorative term to describe false or superficial emotion, assumed feeling, self-regarding postures of grief and pain,2> in literature it denotes overmuch use of pathetic effects and attempts to arouse feeling by “pathetic” indulgence.

  80. Aside(旁白)

  Aside refers to words spoken by an actor which the other actors are supposed no to hear,2> an actor‘s asides are usually spoken to the audience.3>Hamlet’s very first line is an aside.


  Denouement, pronounced Dee-noo-na, is that part of a drama which follows the climax and leads to the resolution.


  A parable is a very short narrative about human beings presented so as to stress the tacit analogy, or parallel, with a general thesis or lesson that the narrator is trying to bring home to his audience.

  83. Genre(流派)

  A type or category of literature marked by certain shared features or customs. The three broadest categories of genre include poetry, drama, and fiction.

  84. Irony(反讽)

  It refers to some contrast or discrepancy between appearance and reality. It is a discrepancy between what is expected and what is revealed. It may be found either in language usage or in the working out of the action of a story.

  2> surprise endings always depend on some sort of irony, often crude. Irony may appear in the difference between a character‘s understanding of his or her situation and the reader’s estimate of it .

  85. Lyric(抒情诗)

  Lyric is a short poem wherein the poet expresses an emotion or illustrates some life principle.

  2>Lyric often concerns love.

  3>the elegy, ode and sonnet are all forms of the lyric.

  86. Mock Epic(诙谐史诗)

  A mock epic is a long poem that burlesques the classical epic by treating a trivial subject in the lofty style. The poet often takes an elevated style of language, but incongruously applies that language to mundane or ridiculous objects and situations. Alexander Pope‘s The Rape of the Lock is perhaps the finest mock epic poem in English.

  87. Ode(颂歌)

  Ode is a dignified and elaborately structured lyric poem of some length, praising and glorifying an individual, commemorating an event, or describing nature intellectually rather than emotionally.

  2> John Keats wrote great Odes, his Ode on a Grecian Urn is a case in point.

  88. Picaresque Novel(流浪汉小说)

  A humorous novel in which the plot consists of a young knave‘s adventures and escapades narrated in comic or satiric scenes. The picaresque novel is usually in nature and realistic in its presentation of the all around aspects of society.

  89. Pastoral(田园诗)

  A literary work dealing with and often celebrating a rural world and a way of life lived close to nature. It usually idealized shepherds‘ lives in order to create an image of peaceful and uncorrupted existence. Typically, pastoral liturgy depicts beautiful scenery, carefree shepherds, seductive nymphs, and rural songs and dances. A good example of pastoral poetic conventions occurs in Marlowe’s The Passionate Shepherd to His Love.

  90.Terza Rima(三行诗)

  Terza Rima is an Italian verse that consists of a series three-line stanzas in which the middle line of each stanza rhymes with the first and third lines of the following stanza with the rhyming scheme a b a, b c b , c d c, d e d…。

  2>Shelly‘s Ode to the west wind is a case in point.


  91. Ottava Rima(八行诗)

  Ottava Rima is a form of eight-line iambic stanza rhyming abababcc.2>Byron‘s Don Juan are outstanding examples.

  92. Canto(诗章)

  Canto is a section of division of an epic or narrative poem comparable to a chapter in a novel. 2>the most famous cantos in literature are those that make up Dante‘s Divine comedy, a 14th century epic.

  93. High Comedy(正统喜剧)

  High comedy is a comedy that deals with polite society and depends more on witty dialogue and well-drawn characters that on comic situations.

  94.Lake Poets(湖畔诗人)

  In English literature Lake Poets refer to such romantic poets as William Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey who lived in the Lake District. They came to be known as the lake school or Lakers.

  95. Imagery(比喻)

  A rather vague critical term covering those uses of language in a literary work that evoke sense impressions by literal or figurative reference to perceptible or “concrete” objects, scenes, actions, or state as distinct from the language of abstract argument or expositon.2> the imagery of a literary work thus comprises the set of images that it uses, these need not be mental“ pictures” but may appeal to senses other than sight.

  96. Dramatic monologue(戏剧独白)

  Dramatic monologue is a kind of poem in which a single fictional or historical character other than the poet speaks to a silent “audience” of one or more persons. Such poems reveal not the poet‘s own thoughts but the mind of the impersonated character, whose personality is revealed while the implied presence of an auditor distinguishes it from a soliloquy, have also been called Dramatic monologue. But to avoid confusion it is preferable to refer to these simply as monologues or as monodramas.2>Robert Browning’s My Last Duchess is a case in point.

  97. Pre-Raphaelites(先拉菲尔派)

  A mid-19th century self-styled brotherhood of London artists, all young, who united to resist current artistic conventions and to create ,or recreate, art forms in use before the period of Raphel.2>the poetry of the Pre-Raphaelites showed a distinct liking for medism, 18th century ballads, archaic diction, symbolism and sensuousness. The poets were considerably under the influence of Spenser.


  98. Psychological novel(心理小说)

  Psychological novel refers to a kind of novel that dwells on a complex Psychological development and presents much of the narration through the inner workings of the character‘s mind.

  99.Point of View(叙述角度)

  Point of view can be divided by the narrator‘s relationship with the character, represented by the grammatical person: the first-person narrative, the third-person narrative, and omniscient narrator.

  100. plot(情节)

  Plot refers to the structure of a story,2> the plot of a literary work includes the rising action, the climax, the falling action and the resolution. It has a protagonist who is opposed by an antagonist ,creating what is called conflict.

  101. Allusion(典故)

  Allusion means a reference to a person, a place, an event, or a literary work that a writer expects the reader to recognize and respond to. 2> an Allusion may be drawn from history, geography, literature, or religion. 3>allusion is a device that allows writer to compress a great deal of meaning into a very few words.

  102. Protagonist and Antagonist(正面人物与反面人物)

  In literary work protagonist refers to the hero or central character who is often hindered by some opposing force either human or animan. Antagonist is a person or force opposing the protagonist in a narrative; a rival of the hero or heroine.

  103. Flashback(倒叙)P133

  A device by which the writer presents scenes or incidents that occurred prior to the beginning of a story or play.

  2> various devices may be used, among them recollections of the characters, narration by the characters, dream sequence and reveries. This is a break in the chronological sequence of a story made to deal with earlier events.

  104. Narration

  It is a synonym for story-telling.

  2> in fiction, narrative passages are to be distinguished from descriptions and scenes, in narrative passages the chronology is condensed so that relatively few words will encompass the events of an extended period of time. Most writers use narrative passages to fill in the links between events. There were two types of narration, first-person narration and third-person narration.


  Ambiguity means two or more simultaneous interpretations of a word, phrase, action, or situation, all of which can be supported by the context of a work.

  2> deliberate ambiguity can contribute to the effectiveness and richness of a work, however, unintentional ambiguity obscures meaning and can confuse readers.


  106. Pragnatism(实用主义)

  A doctrine which tests truth by its practical consequences. Truth is therefore held to be relative and not attained by metaphysical speculation.2>-+

it was first formulated by C.S.Peirce and was developed by William James.

  107. Symbolism(象征主义)

  Symbolism works under the surface to tie the story‘s external action to the theme. It was often produced through allegory, giving the literal event and its allegorical counterpart a one-to-one correspondence.

  108. Dadaism(达达主义)

  Dadaism refers to an international nihilistic movement amone European artists and writers that lasted from 1916-1922. it originated in the widespread disillusionment engendered by world war 1. Dada attacked conventional standards of aesthetics and behavior and stressed absurdity and the role of the unpredictable in artistic creation. Dada principles were eventually modified to become the basis of surrealism in 1924.

  109. The Angry young men(愤怒的青年)

  In the mid-1950s and early 1960s, there appeared a group of young novelists and playwrights with lower-middle-class or working-class background, who were known as “The Angry young men”2> they demonstrated a particular disillusion over the depressing situation in Britain and launched a bitter protest against the outmoded social and political values in their society.3> kingsley Amis is a leading figure of this group.

  110. Existentialism(存在主义)

  Existentialism is a philosophy that emphasizes the uniqueness and isolation of the individual experience in a hostile or indifferent universe, regards human existence as unexplainable, and stresses freedom of choice and responsibility for the consequences of one‘s acts.2>its famous motto is “existence precedes essence”(存在先于本质)

  111. Anti-hero(反面人物)

  Anti-hero is a character who lacks the qualities needed for heroism.

  2>an anti-hero does not posses nobility of life or mind and does not have an attitude marked by high purpose and lofty aim.

  3>anti-hero typically distrust conventional values and are unable to commit themselves to any ideals. they generally feel helpless in a world, over which they have no control. Anti-heroes usually accept succumb to, and often celebrate, their positions as social outcasts.

  112. Round Character(丰满的人物)

  A Round Character is complex and undergoes development, sometimes reaches the point that the reader is surprise.

  113. Flat character(平淡的人物)

  Flat character is relatively uncomplicated and does not change throughout the course of a literary work.

  114. Oedipus complex(俄狄浦斯情结/ 爱母厌父情结)

  Oedipus complex is a term coined by Sigmund Freud to designate a son‘s subconscious feeling of love toward his mather and jealousy and hatred toward his father.

  2>D.H. Lawrence‘s Sons and lovers is a case in point.


  The narrator is capable of knowing, seeing and telling all the actions of the character. And the narrator feels free to make comments on the meaning of actions.

  2> it is characterized by freedom in shifting from the exterior world to the inner selves of a number of characters and by a freedom in movement both in time and space.

  116. Poetry(诗歌)

  Poetry is one of the three types (or genres) of literature. The others being prose and drama. Poems are often divided into lines and stanzas. Many poem emply regular rhythmical patterns, or meters. However, some are written in free verse. Most poems make use of highly concise, musical, and emotionally charged language.

  117. Rhyme(押韵)

  Rhyme is the repetition of sounds at the ends of words. End rhyme occurs when rhyming words appear at the ends of lines. internal rhyme occurs when rhyming words fall within a line.

  118. Iambic pentameter(五音步诗)

  Iambic pentameter is the most common English meter, in which each foot contains an unaccented syllable and an accented syllable.

  119. Rhyme royal

  Rhyme royal is a poetic pattern with seven iambic pentameters rhyming ababbcc which pronounce a final short e, and often end in an 11th, unstressed syllable.

  120. Shakespearean sonnet(莎士比亚十四行诗)

  Shakespearean sonnet consisting of three quatrains and a couplet ( rhyming abab cdcd efef gg)。


  121. Italian or petranrchan sonnet(意大利十四行诗)

  Italian or petranrchan sonnet, composed of an octave and s sestet( rhyming abbaabba cdecde)。

  122. Alliteration and assonance(头韵和半韵)

  Alliteration and assonance are said to rhyme only today when the sound of the final accented syllable of one word( paced usually at the end of a line of verse) agrees with the final accented syllable of another word so place.

  123. Poetic license(诗的破格)

  Poetic license means such liberties a poet adopts as “approximate rhymes”, or “eye-rhymes”。 (Words which are spelled alike but not pronounced alike)

  124. Epiphany(主显节)

  Epiphany is an appearance or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something, which is adapted by James Joyce to describe the sudden revelation of whatness of a thing, the moment in which the soul of the commonest object seems to us radiant.

  125. Psychological penetration(心理透视)

  Psychological penetration is a writing device that involves such psychological elements as “Id”, “ego”, “superego” in the depiction of characters‘ inner thinking or mental activities.

  126. Legend(传说)

  Legend is a widely told story about the past that may or may not be based in fact. A legend often reflects a people‘s identity or cultural values, generally with more historical and less emphasis on the supernatural things in a myth.

  127. Myth(神话)

  Myth is a fictional tale originally with religious significance, which explains the actions of gods or heroes, the causes of natural phenomena, or both. Allusions to characters and motifs from Greek, Roman, Celtic myths are common in English literature.

  128. Pessimism(悲观主义)

  Pessimism denotes an attitude of hopelessness towards life, a vague general opinion that pain and evil predominate in human affairs.

  129. Jacobean age(英王詹姆斯一世时期)

  Referring to the reign of King James I of England, the term came from the Latin form of James, Jacobus. It is generally applied to the literature(especially drama) of that period.

  130. Tragicomedy(悲喜剧)

  Tragicomedy is a play in which the action, though apparently leading to a catastrophe, is reversed to bring about a happy ending.2> the typical tragicomedy concerns noble characters involved in improbable situations. Love, frequently seen as a contrast of the pure and the sensual, is the central motive of the elaborate plot, in which both hero and heroine are rescued from imminent disaster so that the play may conclude happily.

  131. Comedy of manners(风俗喜剧)

  Popular during the Restoration period, these plays are concerned with the manners and conventions of an artificial and “highly sophisticated” society. A hundred years later, Goldsmith and Sheridan also wrote plays of the same nature.

  132. Gothic novel(哥特式小说)

  Gothic novel is a type of romance very popular late in the 18th century and at the beginning of the 19th century.

  2> Gothic novel emphasizes things which are grotesque, violent, mysterious, supernatural, desolate and horrifying.

  3> Gothic, originally in the sense of “medic, not classical”, with its descriptions of the dark, irrational side of human nature, Gothic novel has exerted a great influence over the writers of the Romantic period.

  133. Historical novel(历史小说)

  A novel in which the action takes place during a specitic historical well before the time of writing,(often one or two generations before, sometimes several centuries)。 And in which some attempt ih made to depict accurately the customs and mentality of the period. The central character——real or imagined—— is usually subject to divided loyalties within a larger historic conflict of which readers know the outcome, the pioneers of this genre were Walter Scott and cooper.


  134. Unitarianism(上帝一位论)

  Unitarianism is, in general, the form of Christianity that denies the doctrine of the trinity. Believing that God exists only in one person, modern Unitarianism originated in the period of the protestant Reformation.


  135. Calvinism(加尔文主义)

  Calvinism refers to the religious teachings of John Calvin and his followers.

  2>Calvin taught that only certain persons, the elect, were chosen by God to be saved, and these could be saved only by God‘s grace.

  3>Calvinism forms the basis for the doctrines and practices of the Huguenots, puritans, Presbyterians, and the reformed churches.


  136. Assonance(类韵)

  The repetition of similar vowel sounds, especially in poetry. Assonance is often employed to please the ear or emphasize certain sounds.

  137. Consonance(和音)

  It refers to the repetition of identical or similar consomants in neighboring words whose vowel sounds are different in a line of poetry.

  138. Free Verse(自由体诗歌)

  Free verse means the rhymed or unrhymed poetry composed without paying attention to conventional rules of meter.

  2> free verse was originated by a group of French poets of the late 19th century.

  3>their purpose was to free themselves from the restrictions of formal metrical patterns and to recreate instead the free rhythms of natural speech.

  4>Walt Whitman‘s leaves of grass is, perhaps, the most notable example.

  139. Symbol(象征)

  Symbol means an act ,a person, a thing, or a spectacle that stands for something else, usually something less palpable than the named symbol.2>the relationship between the symbol and its referent is not often one of simple equivalence. Allegorical symbols usually express a neater equivalence with what they stand for than the symbols found in modern realistic fiction.

  140. Theme(主题)

  Theme means t he unifying point or general idea of a literary work.

  2>it provides an answer to such question as “what is the work about”3>each literary work carries its own theme or themes.

  141. First-person narrative(第一人称小说)

  First person narrative is also called first person point of view. Which is used in the analysis and criticism of fiction of describe the way in which the writer presents the reader with the materials of the story.

  142. Harlem Renaissance(哈姆莱复兴)

  Harlem Renaissance refers to a period of outstanding literary vigor and creativity that occurred in the United states during the 1920s.

  2> the Harlem Renaissance changed the images of literature created by many black and white American writers. New black images were no longer obedient and docile. Instead they showed a new confidence and racial pride.

  3> the center of this movement was the vast black ghetto of Harlem. In New York City.

  4> the leading figures are Langston Hughes, James W. Johnson、etc

  143. Black humor(黑色幽默)

  Black humor is also known as black comedy. It is a kind of writing that places grotesque elements side by side with humorous ones in an attempt to shock the reader, forcing him or her to laugh at the horrifying reality of a disordered world. it is humor out of despair and laughter out of tears.

  2> black humor conveys anguish and fury at conditions in which institutionalized absurdity gets the upper hand. It intends to satirize hypocrisy, materialism, racial prejudice, and above all, the dehumanization of the individual by a modern society. Black humor prevails in Modern American literature.

  144. Theatre of the Absurd(荒谬剧)

  The absurd is a kind of drama that explains an existential ideology and presents a view of the absurdity of the human condition by the abandoning of usual or rational devices and the use of nonrealistic form.

  2>the most original playwright of the theater of absurd is Samuel beckett, who wrote about human beings living a meaningless life in a alien, decaying world.

  145. Darwinism(达尔文主义)

  Darwinism is a term that comes from Charles Darwin‘s evolutionary theory.

  2> Darwinists think that those who survive in the world are the fittest and those who fail to adapt themselves to the environment will perish. They believe that man has evolved from lower forms of life. Humans are special not because God created them in his image. But because they have successfully adapted to changing genetically.

  3> influenced by this theory, some American naturalist writers apply Darwinism as an explanation of human nature and social reality.

  146. American Dream(美国梦)

  American Dream refers to the dream of material success. In which one, regardless of social status, acquires wealth and gains success by working hard and good luck.

  2> in literature, the theme of American Dream recurs in The Great Gatsby comes from the west to the east with the dream of material success. the novel tells the shattering of American Dream rather than its success.

  147. Anti-novel(反小说)

  A term coined by French critic J.P. Sartre. It refers to any experimental work of fiction that avoids certain traditional elements of novel-writing like the analysis of characters‘ states of mind.

  2> the anti-novel usually fragments and distorts the experience of its characters, forcing the reader to construct the reality of the story from a disordered narrative.


  Vorticism is a short-lived 20th century art movement related to futurism. Its members sought to simplify forms into machinelike angularity.

  149. Metafiction(元小说)

  Metafiction, fiction about fiction; or more especially a kind of fiction that openly comments on its own fiction status. The term is normally used for works that involve a significant degree of self-consciousness about themselves as fictions, in ways that go beyond occasional apologetic addresses to the reader. A notable modern example is john fowler‘s The French lieutenant’s woman, in which fowles interrupts the narrative to explain his procedures, and offers the reader alternative endings.


  150. Parody(滑稽模仿)

  It is a mocking imitation of the style of a literary work or works, ridiculing the stylistic habits of an author or school by exaggerated mimicry, parody is related to burlesque in its application of serious styles to ridiculous subjects, to satire in its punishment of eccentricities, and even to criticism in its analysis of style. In English, two of the leading parodists are Henry Fielding and James Joyce.



  151. Magie realism(魔幻现实主义)

  It is a kind of modern fiction in which fabulous and fantastical events are included in a narrative that otherwise maintains the “reliable” tone of objective realistic report. the term has been extended to works from very different cultures, designating a tendency of the modern novel to reach beyond the confines of realism and draw upon the energies of fable, folktale and myth while retaining a strong contemporary social relevance.

  152. Analogy(类比)

  (a figure of speech) A comparison made between tow things to show the similarities between them. Analogies are often used for illustration or for argument.

  153. Anapest(抑抑扬格)

  It‘s made up of two unstressed and one stressed syllables, with the two unstressed ones in front.

  154. Antagonist(次要人物)

  A person or force opposing the protagonist in a narrative; a rival of the hero or heroine.

  155. Antithesis(对立)

  (a figure of speech) The balancing of two contrasting ideas, words phrases, or sentences. An antithesis is often expressed in a balanced sentence, that is, a sentence in which identical or similar grammatical structure is used to express contrasting ideas.

  156. Aphorism(格言)

  A concise, pointed statement expressing a wise or clever observation about life.

  157. Apostrophe(顿呼法)

  A figure of speech in which an absent or a dead person, an abstract quality, or something nonhuman is addressed directly.

  158. Argument(论据)

  A form of discourse in which reason is used to influence or change people‘s idea or actions. Writers practice argument most often when writing nonfiction, particularly essays or speeches.

  159. Autobiography(自传)

  A person‘s account of his or her own life. An autobiography is generally written in narrative form and includes some introspection.

  160. Ballad stanza(歌谣段)

  A type of four-line stanza. The first and third lines have four stressed words or syllables; the second and fourth lines have three stresses. Ballad meter is usually iambic. The number of unstressed syllables in each line may vary. The second and fourth lines rhyme.

  161. Biography(传记)

  A detailed account of a person‘s life written by another person.

  162. Caesura(诗间休止)

  A break or pause in a line of poetry.

  163. Caricature(漫画)

  The use of exaggeration or distortion to make a figure appear comic or ridiculous. A physical characteristic, an eccentricity, a personality trait, or an act may be exaggerated.

  164. Character(人物)

  In appreciating a short story, characters are an indispensable element. Characters are the persons presented in a dramatic or narrative work. Forst divides characters into two types: flat character, which is presented without much individualizing detail; and round character, which is complex in temperament and motivation and is represented with subtle particularity.

  165. Characterization(性格描绘)

  The means by which a writer reveals that personality.


  166. Climax(高潮)

  The point of greatest intensity, interest, or suspense in a gadgetry‘s turning point. The action leading to the climax and the simultaneous increase of tension in the plot are known as the rising action. All action after the climax is referred to as the falling action, or resolution. The term crisis is sometimes used interchangeably with climax.

  167. Conflict(冲突)

  A struggle between two opposing forces or characters in a short story, novel, play, or narrative poem. Usually the events of the story are all related to the conflict, and the conflict is resolved in some way by the story‘s end.

  168. Connotation(隐含意义)

  All the emotions and associations that a word or phrase may arouse. Connotation is distinct from denotation, which is the literal or “ dictionary” meaning of a word or phrase.

  169. Couplet(对偶)

  Two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme. A heroic couplet is an iambic pentameter couplet.

  170. Dactyl(扬抑抑格)

  It‘s made up of one stressed and two unstressed syllables, with the stressed in front.

  171. Denotation(意义)

  The literal or “dictionary” meaning of a word.

  172. Denouement(结局)

  The outcome of a plot. The denouement is that part of a play, short story, novel, or narrative poem in which conflicts are resolved or unraveled, and mysteries and secrets connected with the plot are explained.

  173. Description(叙述)

  It is a great part of conversation and of almost all writing. It is a part of autobiography, storytelling. With description, the writer tries terror, feel, and hear by showing rather than by merely telling. It‘s through the use of specific details and concrete language that abstract ideas and half-formed thoughts are make vividly real. We have objective and subjective description.

  174. Diction(措词)

  A writer‘s choice of words, particularly for clarity, effectiveness, and precision.

  175. Dissonance(不协和音)

  A harsh or disagreeable combination of sounds; discord.

  176. Emblematic image(象征比喻)

  A verbal picture or figure with a long tradition of moral or religious meaning attached to it.

  177. Epigraph(题词)

  A quotation or motto at the beginning of a chapter, book, short story, or poem that makes some point about the work.

  178. Epilogue(收场白)

  A short addition or conclusion at the end of a literary work.

  179. Epitaph(碑文)

  An inscription on a gravestone or a short poem written in memory of someone who has died.

  180. Epithet(称号)

  A descriptive name or phrase used to characterize someone or something.


  181. Exemplum(说教故事)

  A tale, usually inserted into the text of a sermon that illustrates a moral principle.

  182. Exposition(解释说明)

  (1) That part of a narrative or drama in which important background information is revealed.

  (2) It is the kind of writing that is intended primarily to present information. Exposition is one of the major forms of discourse. The most familiar form it takes is in essays. Exposition is also that part of a play in which important background information is revealed to the audience.

  183. Fable(寓言)

  A fable is a short story, often with animals as its characters, which illustrate a moral.

  184. Figurative language(比喻语言)

  Language that is not intended to be interpreted in a literal sense. By appealing to the imagination, figurative language provides new ways of looking at the world. Figurative language consists of such figures of speech as hyperbole, metaphor, metonymy, oxymoron(矛盾修饰法), personification, simile, and synecdoche.

  185. Figure of speech(修辞特征)

  A word or an expression that is not meant to be interpreted in a literal sense. The most common kinds of figures of speech-simile, metaphor, personification, and metonymy-involve a comparison between unlike things.

  186. Foil(衬托)

  A character who sets off another character by contrast.

  187. Foot(脚注)

  It is a rhythmic unit, a specific combination of stressed and unstressed syllables.

  188. Hyperbole(夸张)

  A figure of speech using exaggeration, or overstatement, for special effect.

  189. Iamb(抑扬格)

  It is the most commonly used foot in English poetry, in which an unstressed syllable comes first, followed by a stressed syllable.

  190. Image(影像)

  We usually think with words, many of our thoughts come to us as pictures or imagined sensations in our mind. Such imagined pictures or sensations are called images.

  191. Incremental repetitio(递增重复)

  The repetition of a previous line, or lines but with a slight variation each time that advances the narrative stanza by stanza. This device is commonly used in ballads.

  192. In medias res(中间部分)

  A technique of plunging into the middle of a story and only later using a flashback to tell what has happened previously. In medias res is Latin for “in the middle of things”。

  193. Inversion(倒置)

  The technique of reversing, or inverting, the normal word order of a sentence. Writers may use inversion to create a certain tone or to emphasize a particular word or idea. A poet may invert a line so that it fits into a particular meter or rhyme scheme.

  194. Invocation(祈祷)

  At the beginning of an epic (or other poem) a call to a muse, god, or spirit for inspiration.

  195. Kenning(代称)

  In Old English poetry, an elaborate phrase that describes persons, things, or events in a metaphorical and indirect way.


  196. Melodrama(通俗剧)

  A drama that has stereotyped characters, exaggerated emotions, and a conflict that pits an all-good hero or heroine against an all-evil villain. The good characters always win and the evil ones are always punished. Also, each character in a melodrama had a theme melody, which was played each time he or she made an appearance on stage.

  197. Metaphor(暗喻)

  A figure of speech that makes a comparison between two things that are basically dissimilar. Unlike simile, a metaphor does not use a connective word such as like, as, or resembles in making the comparison.

  198. Metonymy(转喻)

  A figure of speech in which something very closely associated with a thing is used to stand for or suggest the thing itself.

  199. Miracle play(奇迹剧)

  A popular religious drama of medi England. Miracle plays were based on stories of the saints or on sacred history.

  200. Motif(主题)

  A recurring feature (such as a name, an image, or a phrase) in a work of literature. A motif generally contributes in some way to the theme of a short story, novel, poem, or play. At times, motif is used to refer to some commonly used plot or character type in literature.

  201. Motivation(动机)

  The reasons, either stated or implied, for a character‘s behavior. To make a story believable, a writer must provide characters with motivation sufficient to explain what they do. Characters may be motivated by outside events, or they may be motivated by inner needs or fears.

  202. Multiple Point of View(多视角)

  It is one of the literary techniques William Faulkner used, which shows within the same story how the characters reacted differently to the same person or the same situation. The use of this technique gave the story a circular form wherein one event was the center, with various points of view radiating from it. The multiple points of view technique makes the reader recognize the difficulty of arriving at a true judgment.

  203. Narrator(叙述者)

  One who narrates, or tells, a story. A story may be told by a first-person narrator, someone who is either a major or minor character in the story. Or a story may be told by a third-person narrator, someone who is not in the story at all. The word narrator can also refer to a character in a drama who guides the audience through the play, often commenting on the action and sometimes participating in it.

  204. Nonet

  the nine-line stanza. Spenserian stanza: ababbcbcc.

  205. Nonfiction(写实文学)

  It refers to any prose narrative that tells about things as the actually happened or that presents factual information about something. The purpose of this kind of writing is to give a presumably accurate accounting of a person‘s life. Writers of nonfiction use the major forms of discourse: description (an impression of the subject); narration (the telling of the story); exposition (explanatory information); persuasion (an argument to influence people’s thinking)。 Forms: autobiography, biography, essay, story, editorial, letters to the editor found in newspaper, diary, journal, travel literature.

  206. Novel(小说)

  A book-length fictional prose narrative, having may characters and often a complex plot.

  207. Octave(八行体诗)

  the eight-line stanza. 2 quatrains/ 2 triplets + 1 couplet.

  208. Onomatopoeia(拟声法构词)

  The use of a word whose sound in some degree imitates or suggests its meaning.

  209. Oxymoron(矛盾修辞法)

  a figure of speech that combines opposite or contradictory ideas or terms. An oxymoron suggests a paradox, but it does so very briefly, usually in two or three words.

  210. Paradox(自相矛盾)

  A statement that reveals a kind of truth, although it seems at first to be self-contradictory and untrue.


  211. Parallelism(平行)

  (a figure of speech) The use of phrases, clauses, or sentences that are similar or complementary in structure or in meaning. Parallelism is a form of repetition.

  212. Pathos(哀婉)

  The quality in a work of literature or art that arouses the reader‘s feelings of pity, sorrow, or compassion for a character. The term is usually used to refer to situations in which innocent characters suffer through no fault of their own.

  213. Persuasion(说服)

  It‘s the type of speaking or writing that is intended to make its audience adopt a certain opinion or perform an action or do both. Persuasion is one of the major forms of discourse.

  214. Pictorialism(图像)

  It‘s an important poetic device characterized by efforts to achieve striking visual effects. Among its features are irregularity of line, contrast or enchantment of light, color and image. Other means of pictorialism include personification, juxtaposition and the matching of colors with verbs of action.

  215. Pre-Romanticism(先浪漫主义)

  It originated among the conservative groups of men and letters as a reaction against Enlightenment and found its most manifest expression in the “Gothic novel”。 The term arising from the fact that the greater part of such romances were devoted to the medi times.

  216. Protagonist(正面人物)

  The central character of a drama, novel, short story, or narrative poem. The protagonist is the character on whom the action centers and with whom the reader sympathizes most. Usually the protagonist strives against an opposing force, or antagonist , to accomplish something.

  217. Psalm(圣歌)

  A song or lyric poem in praise of God.

  218. Psychological Realism(心理现实主义)

  It is the realistic writing that probes deeply into the complexities of characters‘ thoughts and motivations. Henry James is considered the founder of psychological realism. His novel The Ambassadors is considered to be a masterpiece of psychological realism.

  219. Pun(双关语)

  The use of a word or phrase to suggest tow or more meaning at the same time. Puns are generally humorous.

  220. Quatrain(四行诗)

  Usually a stanza or poem of four lines. A quatrain may also be any group of four lines unified by a rhyme scheme. Quatrains usually follow an abab, abba, or abcb rhyme scheme.


  the five-line stanza.

  222. Refrain(叠句)

  A word phrase, line or group of lines repeated regularly in a poem, usually at the end of each stanza. Refrains are often used in ballads and narrative poems to create a songlike rhythm and to help build suspense. Refrains can also serve to emphasize a particular idea.

  223. Rhythm(韵律)

  It is one of the three basic elements of traditional poetry. It is the arrangement of stressed and unstressed syllables into a pattern. Rhythm often gives a poem a distinct musical quality. Poets also use rhythm to echo meaning.

  224. Scansion(诗的韵律分析)

  The analysis of verse in terms of meter.

  225. Septet(七重唱)

  the seven-line stanza. Chaucerian stanza: ababbcc.


  226. Sestet(六重唱)

  the six-line stanza. 3couplets/ a quatrain + a couplet/ 2 triplets.

  227. Setting(背景)

  The time and place in which the events in a short story, novel, play or narrative poem occur. Setting can give us information, vital to plot and theme. Often, setting and character will reveal each other.

  228. Short Story(短篇小说)

  A short story is a brief prose fiction, usually one that can be read in a single sitting. It generally contains the six major elements of fiction-characterization, setting, theme, plot, point of view, and style.

  229. Simile(明喻)

  (a figure of speech) A comparison make between two things through the use of a specific word of comparison, such as like, as than, or resembles. The comparison must be between two essentially unlike things.

  230. Skaz

  It‘s a Russian word used to designate a type of first person narration that has the characteristics of the spoken rather than the written word. In this kind of novel, the narrator is a character who refers to himself as “I” and addresses the reader as “you”。 He or she uses vocabulary and syntax characteristic of colloquial speech, and appears to be relating the story spontaneously rather than delivering a carefully constructed and polished written account.

  231. Song(歌)

  A short lyric poem with distinct musical qualities, normally written to be set to music. In expresses a simple but intense emotion.

  232. Speech(说话能力)

  It was defined by Aristotle as the faculty of observing all the available means of persuasion.

  233. Spondee(扬扬格)

  It consists of two stressed syllables.

  234. Sprung Rhythm

  A term created by the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins to designate a variable kind of poetic meter in which a stressed syllable may be combined with any number of unstressed syllables. Poems with sprung rhythm have an irregular meter and are meant to sound like natural speech.

  235. Stereotype(老套模式)

  A commonplace type or character that appears so often in literature that his or her nature is immediately familiar to the reader. Stereotypes, also called stock characters, always look and act the same way and reveal the same traits of character.

  236. Style(风格)

  An author‘s characteristic way of writing, determined by the choice of words, the arrangement of words in sentences, and the relationship of the sentences to one another.

  237. Suspense(悬念)

  The quality of a story, novel, or drama that makes the reader or audience uncertain or tense about the outcome of events.

  238. Synecdoche(举隅法)

  A figure of speech that substitutes a part for a whole.

  239. Tone(格调)

  The attitude a writer takes toward his or her subject, characters, or audience. The tone of a speech or a piece of writing can be formal or intimate; outspoken or reticent; abstruse or simple; solemn or playful; angry or loving; serious or ironic.

  240. Triplet(三行联句)

  The three-line stanza. Tercet: aaa, bbb, ccc, and so on; terza rima: aba, bcb cdc, and so on.

  241. Trochee(扬抑格)

  the reverse of the iambic foot.

  242. Villanelle(维拉内拉诗)

  An intricate verse form of French origin, consisting of several three-line stanzas and a concluding four-line stanza.

  243. Wit(才智)

  A brilliance and quickness of perception combined with a cleverness of expression. In the 18th century, wit and nature were related-nature provided the rules of the universe; wit allowed these rules to be interpreted and expressed

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