Craig White's Literature Courses

Terms / Themes

Alphabetical Index to Terms

Numbered headings

The Seventeenth Century: Religious Reformation & Warfare (1600s)

17th Century compared to 18th Century

17th Century > Enlightenment > Romanticism

A

acculturation

aesthetics

African American history as minority or immigrant

Afro-Caribbean Immigrants

agora

Alien Contact (scenario for Literature of the Future)

allegory

alliteration

allusion

alternative histories and futures

American Dream

American exceptionalism

American Indians as minority and / or immigrant

American Renaissance

analogy

anaphora

anecdote

antiphon, antiphony, antiphonal

antiquarian, antiquarianism

aphorism

aposiopesis

arabesque

argument

assimilation

associational logic

assonance

B

ballad

biographical fallacy

Bollywood

Byronic hero

C

camp meeting 

cannibal

canon

captivity narrative

caste

catalog

catharsis

Character & Characterization

chiasmus

Christian Humanism 

civil disobedience

civics

civil disobedience

classic, popular, & representative literature

close reading / formalism

colonialism

color code

comedy

conspiracy theory

contract

convention

correspondence

covenant

counter-utopian tradition

covenant

Creation and Creationism

Creation and Apocalypse

creative nonfiction

critical thinking

cultural narrative

cyberpunk

D

deadpan

decline and progress

defamiliarization

Deism

demographics

Demographic Transition

Desire & Loss

dialectic

dialogue

diaspora

diction

didactic

dithyramb

dominant culture (USA)

domestic literature

double entendre

double language

doppelganger

"The Dream" of African America

E

ecology

eidetic

Electra Complex

emulation

the Enlightenment

escapism, escape fiction

ephemeral

epode

extra-terrestrial life

euphemism

Evangelical and Mainline Churches

evolution

exposition

expressionism

F

Faction

Fair & Dark Lady

Fantasy

Fermi Paradox

fiction

figures of speech

film noir

Flying Africans

form

Formalism

Formal Verse

Free Verse

Frida Kahlo

Future Narratives Compared

G

the Golden Age

gothic

gothic variations, esp. in American literature

grace

graphic elements

the Great Awakening(s)

the grotesque 

H

hamartia

Harlem Renaissance

Hermae

High Tech Future Scenario, +- Cyberpunk style

Hispanic / Latino

historical fiction

historicism

honor

hubris

humanism

hyperaesthesia

hyperbole

I

idiom

image

immigrant narrative / culture

immigration waves

incongruity

innuendo

intellect

interest

inter-racial buddies

intertextuality

irony

J

 

K

kleptocracy

 

L

legend

libation

literary fiction

Literature of Ideas

liturgy

Local Color / Regionalism

Loss & Survival (American Indian narrative)

Low Tech or actual reality (scenario for Literature of the Future)

lyric

 

M

magic realism

"make love"

La Malinche

Manichaeism

Marked & Unmarked

masque

master-servant

maze / labyrinth

melodrama

melting pot

meritocracy

mestizo

metaphor

meter

metonym / metonymy

metropolis

Mexican Americans as immigrant, minority, or both

millennialism

mimesis

minority

model minority

mixed metaphor

model minority

Modernism

modernity & tradition

multiculturalism

mystery

myth criticism

 

N

narrative

narrative genres

National Migration

Nazarite

Negritude

Neo-Colonialism

New Criticism

the New World & the Old World

New-World Immigrant

Nonfiction

North Star

nostalgia

novel

novella

Novel of Manners

Voices of the Novel

 

O

Oedipal Complex / Conflict

onomatopoeia

Oral or Spoken-Word Cultures

Original Sin

Origin Stories & Creation Stories

Orpheus

P

pageantry

Pan (Greek God)

Partition of India

pastiche

Periods of culture, art, literature

persona

personification

phantasmagoric style

picturesque / The Picturesque

pigmentocracy

Pilgrims

plain style

plantation

pluralism

poetry

polysyndeton

postcolonialism

post-structuralism

profit motive

Prometheus

prophecy

prosody

providence / Providence

Q

 

R

Race / Ethnicity

Realism / realism

Reality Effect

reductive or reductionist thinking

refugee

Renaissance

retablos

right

romance

Romantic Comedy

Romanticism

romanticize

Romantic rhetoric and diction

S

sarcasm

satire

satyr

scatology and scatological humor

scenario

science fiction

Scientific Revolution

Scots-Irish

self & other

semiotics

sensorium

sentiment

sentimental stereotype

Sioux

situation comedy or sitcom

slapstick

slave narrative

Social Contract

Social Darwinism

spectacle

spoken / written cultures

standards: academic and popular

stereotype

Strong Man

style

subject-object

subjectivity

the sublime

subsistence

symbol

syncretism

synesthesia

syntax

T

terms

texts & textiles

textuality

tone

topicality

tract

tragedy

tragedy modernizes

Tragic Flaw

the Tragic Mulatto

tradition & modernity

trans-Atlantic

transcendence 

Transcendentalism

Transfiguration

transnational migration

trickster

tunic, toga

typology

U

Unitarian

Utopian author(s)

Utopian Pasts (USA)

Utopian / Dystopian conventions (genre)

Utopias, Dystopias, & Ecotopias

Utopian Literature & Communities

Utopian motives

V

verisimilitude 

vicarious

Viewpoint, point of view, perspective

voluntary simplicity

W

wampum

white flight 

wit & humor

X

Y

Z

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

academic & popular standards