This survey of the most important terms in literary criticism and film studies can be used either as a concise reference section or as a way of testing your knowledge. The numbers refer to the pages in the text where the respective terms are dealt with in more detail.

acoustic dimension of film, 82: most recently acquired feature of film. Not developed until the 1920s, it radically changed the medium because information no longer had to be conveyed merely by means of visual effect, such as facial expression, gestures, or subtitles, but could also rely on language (dialogue and monologue), recorded music, or sound effects.

act, 63: major structuring principle of drama; it is traditionally ...

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