Literary Wiki - What is the literary?

Literature, most generically, is any body of written works. More restrictively, literature refers to writing considered to be an art form or any single writing deemed to have artistic or intellectual value, often due to deploying language in ways that differ from ordinary usage. Its Latin root literatura/litteratura (derived itself from littera: letter or handwriting) was used to refer to all written accounts. The concept has changed meaning over time to include texts that are spoken or sung (oral literature), and non-written verbal art forms. Developments in print technology have allowed an ever-growing distribution and proliferation of written works, culminating in electronic literature. Literature is classified according to whether it is fiction or non-fiction, and whether it is poetry or prose. It can be further distinguished according to major forms such as the novel, short story or drama; and works are often categorized according to historical periods or their adherence to certain aesthetic features or expectations (genre)..

What does the word literary mean? Find synonyms, antonyms and the meaning of the word literary in our free online dictionary! Find words starting with literary and anagrams of literary.

Definitions of "literary"

  • Of, relating to, or dealing with literature: literary criticism. adjective
  • Of or relating to writers or the profession of literature: literary circles. adjective
  • Versed in or fond of literature or learning. adjective
  • Appropriate to literature rather than everyday speech or writing. adjective
  • Bookish; pedantic. adjective
  • Relating to literature. adjective
  • Relating to writers, or the profession of literature. adjective
  • Knowledgeable of literature or writing. adjective
  • Appropriate to literature rather than everyday writing. adjective
  • Bookish. adjective
  • Of or pertaining to letters or literature; pertaining to learning or learned men adjective
  • Versed in, or acquainted with, literature; occupied with literature as a profession; connected with literature or with men of letters. adjective
  • Pertaining or relating to letters or literature; proper to or consisting of literature: as, literary property; literary fame or history; literary conversation.
  • Versed in letters; occupied with literature; especially, engaged in writing books.
  • appropriate to literature rather than everyday speech or writing adjective
  • knowledgeable about literature adjective
  • of or relating to or characteristic of literature adjective

The word "literary" in example sentences

Medora Manson, in her prosperous days, had inaugurated a “literary salon”; but it had soon died out owing to the reluctance of the literary to frequent it.. [XII. Book I]

In concluding this study of the two recently discovered tablets of the old Babylonian version of the Gilgamesh Epic which has brought us several steps further in the interpretation and in our understanding of the method of composition of the most notable literary production of ancient Babylonia, it will be proper to consider the _literary_ relationship of the old Babylonian to the Assyrian version.. [An Old Babylonian Version of the Gilgamesh Epic]

I love excellent writing, I love wit, I hate pretension, and in some cases I find the Booker tends toward books that enjoy the term literary far too much at the expense of readability; not always but sometimes.. [Two Great Books]

A “bookclub” novel speaks to the kind of women I think would enjoy my manuscript, as opposed to what most people take out of the term literary fiction.. [Author! Author! » Blog Archive » Building block of the pitch #2: never assume — and other lessons gleaned from Saturday morning cartoons]

I will go farther, and at once give up to you all the learned ladies that exist, or that ever have existed: but when I use the term literary ladies, I mean women who have cultivated their understandings not for the purposes of parade, but with the desire to make themselves useful and agreeable.. [Tales and Novels — Volume 08]

 However, in this tale, what we know as a literary device dreamed up by a man who lived with his spinster aunts is pushed on the readers as the real deal.. [Review: The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft | Major Spoilers - Comic Book Reviews and News]

Keenan's poetic "An Evil Cradling," which he describes as a literary attempt to "imprison" insanity on paper in the same way he held it at bay while in captivity, topped The Sunday Times of London's bestseller list for nine weeks last year.. [Best Sellers In Chains]

I teach YA lit and I hadn't heard of her; these are more like Gossip Girls books than I hate this term literary novels.. [Imitation and the Teen Novel]

The London booksellers of that time were alarmed at the invasion of what they called their literary property by a Scottish publisher who had presumed to bring out an edition of the English poets.. [Inns and Taverns of Old London]

Of what we know as literary ambition, I believe myself to have been as destitute at that time as any girl who ever put pen to paper.. [McClure's Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 5, April, 1896]

Now began what she called her literary school-boy life (vie d'ecolier litteraire), her vie de gamin.. [Frederic Chopin as a Man and Musician]

Thanks to the Irishman's intervention, Svevo experienced, at age 65, what he called the literary equivalent of "the resurrection of Lazarus.". [The Seattle Times]

It's only a minor overgeneralization to say that free indirect style is what distinguishes what we call literary fiction from genre fiction.. [One-Way Street]

If historians or philosophers or sociologists (or literature professors, for that matter) want to use works of literature to illuminate or illustrate non-literary issues in those disciplines I surely have no objection, but I just can't see how such practices could be called part of "literary study" unless, again, the word "literary" is simply an empty expression having something to do with "writing.". [Literary Study]

As long as the "literary" in "literary fiction" continues to be associated with novels like The God of War, the word will become only more accurately defined by such other words as "tedium" and "pretense.". [Realism in Fiction]

The very notion of the "literary" is interrogated and competing notions of "value" are debated.. [The State of Criticism]

Literary Translates

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s. kitaba veya edebiyata ait, edebi: edebiyatla ilgili. literarily z. edebi olarak.s. kitaba veya edebiyata ait, edebi: edebiyatla ilgili. literarily z. edebi olarak.

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