English Vocab 12

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  1. Naturalism/Naturalistic Period
    A manner or technique of treating subject matter that presents, through volume of detail, a deterministic view of human life and actions. (Artwork of American artist William Bliss Baker)
  2. Neoclassic/Neoclassic Period
    Of, pertaining to, or designating a style of poetry or prose, developed chiefly in the 17th and 18th centuries, rigidly adhering to canons of form that were derived mainly from classical antiquity, that were exemplified by decorum of style or diction, the three unities, etc., and that emphasized an impersonal expression of universal truths as shown in human actions, representing them principally in satiric and didactic modes. (Swift’s A Modest Proposal)
  3. Neologism
    A new word, meaning, usage, or phrase. (Tickle me elmomentum)
  4. Neoplatonism
    A philosophical system, originated in the 3rd century a.d. by Plotinus, founded chiefly on Platonic doctrine and Oriental mysticism, with later influences from christianity. It holds that all existence consists of emanations from the One with whom the soul may be reunited. (In the teachings of the Syrian Iamblichus)
  5. Noble Savage/Primitivism
    A recurrent theory or belief, as in philosophy or art, that the qualities of primitive or chronologically early cultures are superior to those of contemporary civilization. (Springravinsky's The Rite of Spring)
  6. Nom de Plume
    Pen name. (Literary double)
  7. Novella
    A fictional prose narrative that is longer and more complex than a short story; a short novel. (Steve Martin’s book Shopgirl)
  8. Objectivity
    Intentness on objects external to the mind. (Recognizing revenue at time of sale because it emanates from an independent external transaction.)
  9. Ode
    A lyric poem typically of elaborate or irregular metrical form and expressive of exalted or enthusiastic emotion. (Ode To A Nightingale)
  10. Oedipus Complex
    The unresolved desire of a child for sexual gratification through the parent of the opposite sex, especially the desire of a son for his mother. (Freud)

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