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Cultural criticism

Approach to literature that focuses on historical and social/religious/economic/political content of work

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Formalist criticism

Approach to literature that focuses on formal elements of work: language, structure, tone, examination between relationship of text's form and meaning

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Modernism

-Literature that challenged traditional attitudes about God, humanity, society
-Alienation, despair, loss of individual to machine

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Stream-of-consciousness

-Narrative technique that takes reader inside character's mind to reveal perceptions, thoughts, feelings on conscious or unconscious level
-Suggests flow of though and content

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Epiphany

In fiction, when character suddenly experiences deep revelation about himself or herself; truth grasped in ordinary moment

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Post-modernism

-Form of literature marked by reliance on literary conventions (fragmentation, paradox, unreliable narrators)
-major themes are alienation due to race, gender, sexual orientation, intolerance, political and social oppression

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Imagery

Language that appeals to senses, suggesting mental pictures of sights, smells, tastes, feelings, or actions conveying emotion or mood

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Mood

Dominant feeling in piece of literature; typically emotional quality of scene of setting

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Motif

Recurring element, image, idea, in work of literature whose repetition emphasizes some aspect of the work

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Time

Author's implicit attitude toward reader or people, places, events in work revealed by elements of author's style