Vocubuluary For English 103A

Vocubuluary For English 103A - m ulatto: from Spanish,...

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mulatto : from Spanish, “mulo,” mule; biracial person believed to be infertile; slur polygenesis : racist theory positing that different races came into being as the result of separate acts of creation Chiasmus : from Greek “X.” A figure of speech in which a sequence of two phrases or clauses, which are parallel in syntax, reverse the order of their corresponding words. (i.e. “You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.” (76)) Diaspora : the dispersion of an originally homogeneous people Obscurity : obscurity in literature implies difficulty; marks of obscurity are an elliptical style (important information is absent or blurred), ornate or archaic language, learned reference or allusion. [first definition is “deficiency or absence of light”] Novella : a “middle-distance” category indicating a long short story or short novel; a narrative betwixt and between genres (established forms). third-person limited omniscient narrative : limits narration to what can be known, seen, or thought from a single character’s perspective. The narration is limited in the same way a first-person narrative might be, but the text is written from the third-person perspective. free indirect discourse : In free indirect discourse, the narrative hovers between the direct reports of events as they occur to a character and the indirect representation of events by a narrator. The narrator enters into the minds of characters and then reemerges to offer a more knowing point of view. subordinate clauses direct our attention away from the connection between primary subjects and verbs. the conditional mood (identifiable through auxiliary verbs “might,” “may,” “could,” “would”) implies uncertainty. litotes is a form of understatement where an affirmative is asserted by negation, as in: he was “not unwilling”; his “undistrustful good nature”…
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Gothic fiction : 18 th c. literary genre characterized by exploration of extreme emotion, the thrills of terror inherent in the idea of the sublime, a fascination with haunting or repressed histories, and often (in Anglo-American contexts) a trumped up fear of the so-called “mysterious rituals” of Roman Catholicism. Fugitive Slave Law of 1850
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