Outline of literature

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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?[edit]

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[edit]

Forms of literature[edit]

Oral literary genres[edit]

Oral literature

Written literary genres[edit]



Fiction genres[edit]


Inspirational fiction (religious literature) –

Literature by region and country[edit]



Middle East and North Africa[edit]

North and South America[edit]


Sub-saharan Africa[edit]

History of literature[edit]

History of literature

Literature by period[edit]

Literature by era[edit]

Literature by century[edit]

Literature by year[edit]

General literature concepts[edit]

Literary awards[edit]

Persons influential in the field of literature[edit]

Literature creation[edit]

Literature distribution[edit]

See also[edit]


  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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