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Glossary of Literary Theory
by Greig E. Henderson and Christopher Brown


Aspects of literature which make it appeal to readers across history: the basic emotions, thoughts, attitudes, and values that are endemic to the human situation irrespective of time and place. The term "concrete universal" refers to the idea that literature achieves the universal through the concrete depiction of the particular.

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