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

Non-fiction

Non-fiction

Fiction genres

Fiction

Inspirational fiction (religious literature)

Literature by region and country


Asia

Europe

Middle East and North Africa

North and South America

Oceania

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


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 .