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World Lit since 1660 Final Study Guide

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magical realism
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the extraordinary presented as ordinary and the reader is supposed to just accept it as “normal”. It is often used in contemparary writing.
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speculative fiction
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a “what-if” type of story
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mythical story
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an anonymous story that presents supernatural episodes in order to explain events
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The Boom
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explosion of Latin American literature
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dystopia
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opposite of utopia. a world of bad things
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ballardian
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odd mix of dystopia, lyricism, and violence
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new wave writing
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writing more sci-fi and apocalyptic writing
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alliteration
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repetition of beginning sound
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allusion
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reference to a commonly known idea or story
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lyric
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a brief poem with imagination, melody, and emotion
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popular culture
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icons that occur frequently in a certain culture
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minimalism
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saying things with less details: just the basics
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indigenous culture
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native to a specific area
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assimilation
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blending or merging of two cultures
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flash back
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gives us a brief view of past events
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back story
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past events that are important to the current story
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night journey
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a journey to gain wisdom or knowledge
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meta fiction
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writing about the process of writing fiction
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stock characters
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characters that are types
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open text
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offers the possibilities for multiple endings
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flash fiction
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fiction that is extremely brief, typically only a few hundred words
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nuclear family
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father, mother, 2 or 3 kids, father worked, mother was home maker
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memoir
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goes past the authors life and comments on social events
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contemporary era
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filled with metafiction, plays with words, fragmented writing, magical realism, dystopian fiction
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“A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”
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Garcia-Marquez
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“The Autobiography of J.G.B.”
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Ballard
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“The Traveling Onion”
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Nye
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“The Onion”
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Symborska
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“The Payoff”
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Perabo
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“First Love: A Quiz”
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Stallings
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“Metaphors”
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Plath
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“Everyday Use”
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Walker
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“Domestic Work, 1937”
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Trethewey
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“Shiloh”
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Mason
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“This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona”
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Alexie
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“Happy Endings”
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Atwood
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“Creative Writing”
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Keret
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Fences
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Wilson
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Three Little Words
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Rhodes-Courter