This one is only for the intelligentsia among you – anyone else should go and do a sudoku.
Literature is an absolute riot! Never in the history of writing have so many phrases been invented to describe so many disparate, yet similar things.
Here are a few of the terms relating to literature along with their commonly accepted meanings:
- Literature refers to written productions deemed to have artistic or intellectual value.
- Literary fiction generally refers to fictional works that focus on themes (social commentary, political criticism, the human condition) rather than on plot.
- Literary merit refers to a high quality of writing attributed to works of Literature (drama, poetry, prose).
- Literary criticism is the study, interpretation, and evaluation of literature.
- Literary theory is the study of the nature of and the methods for analyzing literature.
- Literary elements are the necessary features of works of narrative fiction (plot, setting, character, theme, mood, structure, tone, language, narrative mode, point of view, conflict, genre, imagery).
- Literary techniques are optional features of literature that consist of strategies used to relay information and thus, develop the narrative (settings, plots, perspectives, styles, themes, characters).
- Literary genre is rather a contradiction in terms old boy!
There – I told you it was high-brow stuff. Don’t you wish now that you’d gone and done that sudoku?