Ap Lit Vocab

Tragedy

An event causing great suffering

Comedy

Entertainment that intends to make an audience laugh

Comedy of Manners

Comedy that satirize behavior in a particular social group

Farce

A comic dramatic piece that uses highly improbable situations

Melodrama

A sensational dramatic piece with exaggerated characters or excited events

Bildungsroman

A novel dealing with one persons formative years

allegory

A story, poem, or picture with a hidden meaning

Satire

The use of humor, irony, and exaggeration to expose or criticize people

Novel

A book with a long story written in them

Novella/Novelette

A short novel or a long short story

Parody

An exaggerated comedic imitation of something or someone

picaresque novel

First person narrative

Short story

A short story with a fully developed theme but shorter than a novel

Essay

A short piece of writing on a particular subject

Horatian satire

Light and humorous form of satire

Juvelian Satire

Dark and bitter form of satire

Myth/Fairy Tale/Folk Tale

A traditional story

didactic literature

Designed or intended to teach people something