Outline of Literature
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Outline of Literature

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to literature (prose, written or oral, including fiction and non-fiction, drama, and poetry). See also the 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

Oral literary genres

Oral literature

Written literary genres



Fiction genres


Inspirational fiction (religious literature) –

Literature by region and country



Middle East and North Africa

North and South America


Sub-saharan Africa

History of literature

History of literature

Literature by period

Literature by era

Literature by century

Literature by year

General literature concepts

Literary awards

Persons influential in the field of literature

Literature creation

Literature distribution

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. 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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