Literature Wiki - What is the literature?

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

Definitions of "literature"

  • The body of written works of a language, period, or culture. noun
  • Imaginative or creative writing, especially of recognized artistic value: "Literature must be an analysis of experience and a synthesis of the findings into a unity” ( Rebecca West). noun
  • The art or occupation of a literary writer. noun
  • The body of written work produced by scholars or researchers in a given field: medical literature. noun
  • Printed material: collected all the available literature on the subject. noun
  • Music All the compositions of a certain kind or for a specific instrument or ensemble: the symphonic literature. noun
  • The body of all written works. noun
  • The collected creative writing of a nation, people, group, or culture. noun
  • All the papers, treatises, etc. published in academic journals on a particular subject. noun
  • Written fiction of a high standard. noun
  • Learning; acquaintance with letters or books. noun
  • The collective body of literary productions, embracing the entire results of knowledge and fancy preserved in writing; also, the whole body of literary productions or writings upon a given subject, or in reference to a particular science or branch of knowledge, or of a given country or period noun
  • The class of writings distinguished for beauty of style or expression, as poetry, essays, or history, in distinction from scientific treatises and works which contain positive knowledge; belles-lettres. noun
  • The occupation, profession, or business of doing literary work. noun
  • Learning; instruction in letters. noun
  • The use of letters for the promulgation of thought or knowledge; the communication of facts, ideas, or emotions by means of books or other modes of publication; literary work or production: as, the profession of literature. noun
  • Recorded thought or knowledge; the aggregate of books and other publications, in either an unlimited or a limited sense; the collective body of literary productions in general, or within a particular sphere, period, country, language, etc.: as, the literature of a science, art, or profession; Greek, Roman, or Elizabethan literature. noun
  • In a restricted sense, the class of writings in which expression and form, in connection with ideas of permanent and universal interest, are characteristic or essential features, as poetry, romance, history, biography, and essays, in contradistinction to scientific works, or those written expressly to impart knowledge. noun
  • Synonyms Literature, Learning, Scholarship, Erudition, Lore. Literature, the more polished or artistic class of written compositions, or the critical knowledge or appreciation of them; learning, large knowledge acquired by study, especially in the literature, history, or the like, of the past; scholarship, learning viewed as the possession of a professional or amateur scholar or student; erudition, scholastic or the more recondite sort of knowledge obtained by profound research; lore, a rather poetic word for erudition, often in a special department: as, versed in the lore of magic. noun

The word "literature" in example sentences

Both men were serious about literature, but they differed on how much the formal detective story, as perfected during the Golden Age between the World Wars, could be taken seriously _as _literature.. [Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine]

Israel _izrael_, not _issrael_ jeans _janes_ joust _just_ or _joost_ larynx _lar'inx'_ or _la'rinx_, not _larnix_ literature _literature_, or _choor_. [Practical Grammar and Composition]

Confusion may be avoided and time may be saved if teachers will remember that nature literature, as here defined, is a form of _literature_, and that its purpose therefore is primarily to present truth (not necessarily facts) in an entertaining way.. [Children's Literature A Textbook of Sources for Teachers and Teacher-Training Classes]

About all the American literature in existence that is of any value as _literature_ is the product of the past three quarters of. [Initial Studies in American Letters]

About all the American literature in existence, that is of any value _as literature_, is the product of the past three quarters of. [Brief History of English and American Literature]

She received a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Washington and has taught at both the U.W. and Antioch.. [Erica Bauermeister biography]

The human knowledge formed and deposited in literature is unavailable otherwise.. [Aleksandar Hemon discusses The Lazarus Project]

For instance, the first African to be Nobel laureate in literature is a Nigerian.. [Analyst Sees Little to Celebrate on Nigeria's 50th Independence Day]

Use of the Trident for commercial purposes in literature is not a sanctioned practice by the Navy.. [BARRY SILVERMAN]

Every portal to success in literature is guarded by those watch-dogs, the failures in literature.. [Chapter 30]

In addition, although I am clearly enough a partisan of experimental fiction, my appreciation of the experimental in literature is still pretty firmly rooted in literary history itself, and I am hesitant to conclude that those impulses that motivated writers to begin writing what we now call novels, and that has guided the development of fiction in general, are entirely spent.. [Experimental Fiction]

Such a shame that so few indigenous writings survived the Conquest, but modern Latin American literature is fascinating as well.. [Amor y romanticismo]

Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick: By far the saddest Lexington in literature is the one drowsily conjured in the early pages of this book.. [An Books Blog featuring news, reviews, interviews and guest author blogs.]

During most of Western history, the term literature included all writing that was worthy to be known by educated people.. [5. World Literature, Philosophy, and Religion]

Nor must the term literature be denied to the ruck of modern writing.. [Once Aboard the Lugger]

FOR nations as for individuals, a product, to be worthy the term literature, must contain something characteristic and sui generis.. [A Voice From the South]

Literature Translates

TurkishLiterature English to Turkish Translate
i. edebiyat: yazılmış kitaplar, eserler: edebi meslek: müz. belirli bir çalgı veya çalgı takımı için yazılmış parçaların bütünü: hususi bir mevzu hakkındaki eserler.i. edebiyat: yazılmış kitaplar, eserler: edebi meslek: müz. belirli bir çalgı veya çalgı takımı için yazılmış parçaların bütünü: hususi bir mevzu hakkındaki eserler.

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Literature Word Data

  • Pronunciations(lĭtˈər-ə-cho͝orˌ, -chər)
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