You can find dictionaries for use in the library in the reference collection on the first floor. Some dictionaries are also available for checkout in the circulating collection on B2. Here are the call number ranges if you want to browse
English PE 1628
French PC 2640
Italian PC 1625
Spanish PC 4640
German PF 3625
Chinese PL 1455
Japanese PL 678
Greek PA 445
Latin PA 2365
Arabic PJ 6640
Persian PK 6379
Russian PG 2640
Abrams, M. H. A Glossary of Literary Terms. 6th ed. Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1993.
Arranged as brief
essays. Use index. REF
PN 44.5 .A2 1993
Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia. Harper & Row 1996.
Handy one volume guide to authors, titles, classical allusions, historical events, and all sorts of other terms and phrases a reader might need defined or explained.
REF PN 41 .B4 1996 (Research Commons)
Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.Harper & Row, 1989.
Brief explanations of terms and phrases from mythology, religion, history, literary classics, etc. REF PN 43 .B65 1989
Encyclopedia of Critics and Criticism. 2 vols. Fitzroy Dearborn. Ed. Chris Murray. 1999.
Essays on ideas of literary philosophers from Plato to the present. REF PN 45 .C74 1987
Substantial signed essays, some with bibliographies. Don't overlook indexes in second volume. REF PN 43 .D48 1988
Dupriez, Bernard. A Dictionary of Literary Devices: Gradus, A-Z. Univ. of Toronto, 1991.
Devoted to explaining and providing examples of rhetorical terms and devices. (e.g. "epanidiplosis"). REF PN 172 .D813 1991
Harper Handbook to Literature. ed. Northrup Frye. Harper & Row, 1985.
Useful guide to terms, titles, persons, etc. Extensive chronology in appendix. REF PN 41 .F75 1985
Madden, David. A Primer of the Novel for Readers and Writers. Scarecrow Pr. 2006.
Short, explanatory essays on important technical terms, sub-genres, aspects of criticism.
REF PN 3353 .M25 2006
Myers, Jack and Michael Simms. Longman Dictionary of Poetic Terms. Longman, 1989.
Brief explanations/examples of critical terms. Useful Appendices classify terms by topic or type (i.e. rhetorical, poetic, logical). REF PN 1042 .M94 1989
Preminger, Alex, ed. New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry & Poetics. 3 rd. ed Princeton University Press, 1993.
Includes about 1,000 individual entries ranging from twenty words to several pages dealing with the history, theory, technique, and criticism of poetry from all periods. International in scope, with special articles on poetry of various nationalities and ethnic groups. REF PN 1021 .N39 1993
Williams, Miller. Patterns of Poetry: An Encyclopedia of Forms.
Explanations of metrical and stanzaic patterns. Thorough and clear. REF PN 1042 .W514 1986