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Adventurer and Adventuress

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

An adventurer is a thrill seeker who engages in dangerous and exciting experiences or a person who is willing to take risks to make (sometimes unscrupulous) gains. Courageous thrill seekers...

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cento

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Classical Studies.

[sen-toh]

A written composition made up of fragments taken from other writers. This may be a prose composition, but the term is applied most often to poem that is made up of lines...

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collage

Overview page. Subjects: Art.

(Fr., coller: ‘to gum’).

A term applied to a type of picture (and also to the technique used in creating such pictures) in which photographs, news cuttings, and other suitable...

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Djuna Barnes

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1892–1982),

American writer, is best remembered for Nightwood (1936), a novel which evokes, in highly wrought, high‐coloured prose, a nightmare cosmopolitan world (chiefly located...

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Edmund Clerihew Bentley

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1875–1956),

was called to the bar, but made his career as a journalist on the Daily News and Daily Telegraph. In Biography for Beginners (1905) he invented the wittily absurd...

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Farceurs

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

The farceurs were identified by Julian Symons in Bloody Murder: From the Detective Story to the Crime Novel: A History (1972; Mortal Consequences) as “those writers for whom the business ...

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Fredric Jameson

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies — Philosophy.

(1934–)

Marxist cultural critic. Born in Cleveland Ohio, Jameson was educated at Haverford College and Yale University. He is renowned for his landmark essay, ‘Postmodernism, or,...

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Historical Mystery

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Despite whatever universal explanatory power they have, schemes for interpretation of reality bear traces of their origin in specific times and places. Sigmund Freud's theory of family...

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Howdunit

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A type of story in which a rational explanation is found for a seemingly impossible event, most commonly a murder committed in a locked or sealed room. Often only one ...

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humor

Overview page. Subjects: History.

Although laughter, like language, is often cited as one of the distinguishing features of human beings, philosophers have spent only a small proportion of their time on it, and on ...

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