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Abrams, in Natural Supernaturalism (1971), narrates the history of spiritual autobiography and describes the wide ramifications of the type in historical and philosophical as well as literary forms. Black Arts Movement designates a number of African-American writers whose work was shaped by the social and political turbulence of the 1960s— the decade of massive protests against the Vietnam War, militant demands for the rights of blacks that led to repeated and sometimes violent confrontations, and the riots and burnings in Los Angeles, Detroit, New York, Newark, and other major cities.
Gerould, The Ballad of Tradition (1932); W. J. Entwistle, European Balladry (rev. J. C. , 1962); John A. and Alan Lomax, American Ballads and Folk Songs (1934); D. C. Fowler, A Literary History of the Popular Ballad (1968). For the broadside ballad see The Common Muse, eds. V. de Sola Pinto and Allan E. Rodway (1957). 20 BAROQUE · BATHOS AND ANTICLIMAX Baroque is a term applied by art-historians (at first derogatorily, but now merely descriptively) to a style of architecture, sculpture, and painting that developed in Italy at the beginning of the seventeenth century and then spread to Germany and other countries in Europe.
For related terms see connotation and denotation and pun. In addition to Empson, refer to Philip Wheelwright, The Burning Fountain (1954), especially chapter 4. For critiques of Empson's theory and practice, see John Crowe Ransom, "Mr. Empson's Muddles," The Southern Review 4 (1938), and Elder Olson, "William Empson, Contemporary Criticism and Poetic Diction," in Critics and Criticism, ed. R. S. Crane (1952). Antihero. The chief person in a modern novel or play whose character is widely discrepant from that which we associate with the traditional protagonist or hero of a serious literary work.