Outline of literature

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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to literature:

Literatureprose, written or oral, including fiction and non-fiction, drama and poetry. See also: outline of poetry.

What type of thing is literature?

Literature can be described as all of the following:

  • Communication – activity of conveying information. Communication requires a sender, a message, and an intended recipient, although the receiver need not be present or aware of the sender's intent to communicate at the time of communication; thus communication can occur across vast distances in time and space.
    • Written communication (writing) – representation of language in a textual medium through the use of a set of signs or symbols (known as a writing system).[1]
  • Subdivision of culture – shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution, organization, or group.
    • One of the arts – imaginative, creative, or nonscientific branch of knowledge, especially as studied academically.[2]

Essence of literature

Forms of literature

See also: Literary genre

Oral literary genres

Main article: Oral literature

Written literary genres

Main articles: Poetry and Prose

Non-fiction

Non-fiction

Fiction genres

Fiction

Inspirational fiction (religious literature) –

History of literature

History of literature

General literature concepts

Literary awards

Persons influential in the field of literature

See also

References

  1. Peter T. Daniels, "The Study of Writing Systems", in The World's Writing Systems, ed. Bright and Daniels, p. 3
  2. the arts. CollinsDictionary.com. Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 11th Edition. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  3. Oxford English Dictionary (2d edition, 1989), s.v. Limerick.
    Vaughn, Stanton. Limerick Lyrics. 1900. Retrieved from [1].

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