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Political writing during Middle Ages & Renaissance/textbooks which instruct kings or lesser rulers on aspects of rule & behavior/often given to new or young kingsEarly form - Cyropaedia (Xenophon)/Il Principe (Machiavelli)/De Regno (Aquinas)/Basilikon Doron (James VI of Scotland)/Speculum Principus (J Skelton for Henry VIII)/Education of a Christian Prince (Erasmus)
A story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political oneThe Pilgrim's Progress/The Faerie Queen/The Tempest/The Scarlett Letter/Animal Farm/The Masque of the Red Death
Detailed written study of a single specialized subject or an aspect of itmany biographies & histories
Satires or parodies that mock common Classical stereotypes of heroes and heroic literatureThe Rape of the Lock/Battle of the Frogs and Mice/The Rape of the Bucket (Tassoni)/Hudibras (Butler)/Beggar's Opera (Gay)/The Maid of Orleans (Voltaire)
Long work (prose or verse) which bitterly laments state of society & morals/contains prophecy of society's downfall/named for biblical prophetBook of Lamentations in Bible/portions of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass/'Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God'
Novel written as a series of documents/usually in the form of letters although diary entries, newspaper clippings and other documents are sometimes usedPamela, or Virtue Rewarded/Dracula/Clarissa/The Color Purple/The Sorrows of Young Werther/The Screwtape Letters/Carrie/
Use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issuesCatch-22/Gulliver's Travels/Slaughterhouse-five/Candide/Don Quixote/A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court/Decline and Fall/American Psycho/Cat's Cradle
Coming of age storyTom Jones, Candide, Tristram Shandy, David Copperfield, The Red and the Black, The Magic Mountain, This Side of Paradise
Novel in which real people or events appear with invented names/French for novel with a keyOn the Road/The Bell Jar/The Sun Also Rises/All Quiet on the Western Front/Point Counter Point/The Moon and Sixpence/Ravelstein/The Devil Wears Prada/Crome Yellow
German literary movement from 1760's to 1780's/led by philosopher Hamann/protagonist is driven to action (often violent) by revenge & greed/literally 'storm and stress'The Sorrows of Young Werther/The Robbers
Depicts the adventures of a roguish hero of low social class who lives by his wits in a corrupt societyLazarillo de Tormes (anonymous)/The Unfortunate Traveller (Nashe)/Moll Flanders/Journey to the West/Tom Jones/Martin Chuzzlewit (Dickens)/The Luck of Barry Lyndon (Thackeray)/The Adventures of Augie March (Bellow)/Confessions of Felix Krull (Mann)

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