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Outline of literature

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? 1
  • Essence of literature 2
  • Forms of literature 3
    • Oral literary genres 3.1
    • Written literary genres 3.2
      • Non-fiction 3.2.1
      • Fiction genres 3.2.2
  • History of literature 4
  • General literature concepts 5
  • Literary awards 6
  • Persons influential in the field of literature 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

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

Oral literary genres

Written literary genres



Fiction genres


Inspirational fiction (religious literature) –

History of literature

History of literature

General literature concepts

Literary awards

Persons influential in the field of literature

See also


  1. ^ Peter T. Daniels, "The Study of Writing Systems", in The World's Writing Systems, ed. Bright and Daniels, p. 3
  2. ^ the arts. 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].

External links

  • Yahoo! Directory listing for Literature
  • The Internet Public Library listing for Literature
  • Nobel Prize in Literature
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