Beloved Lit Terms

alliteration- the repetition of sounds at the beginning of words

circular narrative- bits of information are gained from various viewpoints without fully relaying the entire picture from one character

coda- a concluding part of a drama or literary work. Serves to round out, conclude or summarize but has its own interest

colloquial- characteristic of or appropriate to ordinary or familiar conversation rather than formal speech or writing. Informal.

conceit- an extended, often elaborate metaphor

dialect- a regional variety of a language, with differences in vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation

dramatic irony- the reader knows more about a character's situation than the character does

epic journey- a journey that is heroic or grand in scale

epipgraph- a quotation used at the beginning of a text designed to illustrate its title or designate the theme

epitaph- an inscription on a tombstone

eurocentric- the Caucasian point of view

flashback- a scene that interrupts the ongoing action of a story to show an event that happened earlier

folklore- the traditions, beliefs, and customs of a people

gothic- a style of literature characterized by a gloomy setting, grotesque, mysterious, or violent events, and an atmosphere of degeneration and decay

historical fiction- tells a story set in the past. The setting is usually real and drawn from history, and often contains actual historical people, but the principal characters tend to be fictional.

pathetic fallacy- the endowment of nature, inanimate objects, etc., with human emotions. ex: the joyous sun