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What It's For

The purpose of the Dictionary of Literary Terms is to sharpen and share your understanding of basic concepts of literary criticism. You do this by striving towards a definition of each term in language that you and your peers can understand and by selecting examples from the semester's reading that can help bring the concept into clearer focus.

How To Use It

To use the Dictionary, click on one of the entries at left. If no one has worked on the page associated with that link, you'll see some generic headings and text. Replace the text with content as directed. If someone has begun to work on the page, read what's there and think about how you could improve it. For example, you could

  • improve the wording of the definition
  • expand or refine the definition
  • correct errors in the definition
  • add more examples of the concept drawn from the semester's reading

Don't hesitate to modify the work of your peers. That's the whole point of collaborative work. The Dictionary's usefulness depends on your willingness to change what others have written and to allow others to change what you've written.

If you think something should be changed but aren't sure that your change will repesent an improvement, you can always click "Add Comment" and float your idea for improvement. If you see comments like this left by others, respond to them. Join the effort to make the page better.

Don't be limited by the links at left. If you'd like to add a new term to the Dictionary, just click Add Page and do so. (Be sure you're on the current page, not a sub-page, when you do this.) Please format the new page to match the pages that are already here. Once you save your new page, it will automatically appear in the list of links on this one.

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