What Are The General Types Of Literature?


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Literature can be divided into many different groups, but initially there is poetry and prose, which is everything that prose is not (although to confuse matters it is possible to have prose poems, where they scan like prose).

After that, prose can be sub-divided into other groups, such as essays, fiction, plays, and non-fiction, though this last grouping can include essays.

Fiction can then be divided into genres, which means that it falls within a particular category and readers will have an idea of what to expect. For example, if a reader is a lover of gothic horror novels they are not going to be tempted by a book that falls into the genre of romance.

Even genres can be sub-divided. Taking the example of romance novels again, it is possible to put these into very distinct groupings. For example, the publishers, Mills & Boon are extremely well known for producing books that conform to a very particular structure and so attract a very particular audience.

On the other hand, recent years have seen younger, trendier romances aimed at contemporary young women. An example of this, and very possibly the beginning of what is popularly known as chick-lit is Helen Fielding's 'Bridget Jones's Diary'.

It is also possible for a novel to have a foot in more than one genre camp, so to speak. An historical novel may also be a romance, or a thriller: Bram Stoker's 'Dracula', for example. Books like Austen's 'Sense and Sensibility' are historical novels now, but at the time they were written they were romantic stories on the surface but were also contemporary pictures of life and had very serious political overtures.

More confusingly are books that refuse to fall into any genre and for want of having any label at all tend to be called literary fiction. These cross-genres are always very well written so that the reader gets pleasure, not just from the narrative, but also from the skill of the writer.
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According to's age is timeless; there are pieces which date back as early as 900 b.c. (Homer's 'The Odyssey'). Due to the fact that literature varies from countries, era's, genres, etc. The types of literature available is virtually endless. However, the are quite a few types of literature which continue to remain popular:
Victorian Literature: Work from the reign of Queen Victoria (1837 - 1901). Such authors of this time were Dickens, The Bronte Sisters, Poe and Thackeray.
Edwardian Literature: Work from the early 20th century. Such authors include Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers.
English/American/French, etc. Literature: Is obviously literature from that particular nation. In English literature, for example, classic authors are studied, such as Austen and Dickens, but also more contemporary authors are also, (e.g. Christie and P.D. James).
Shakespearean Literature: Is work by Shakespeare. Sonnets, Plays, Epic Poems and general Poetry by Shakespeare are studied here. His influences, history, etc. Is also inclusive of this particular type of literature.
Other types of literature include:
Comparative Literature,
Poetry, (Epic [The Faerie Queene, The Odyssey, etc.], Sonnet [many Shakespearean texts], Prose, etc.)
Plays, (Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, etc.)
Gothic Fiction, (Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, Wuthering Heights, etc.)
Detective Fiction, (Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [Sherlock Holmes], etc.)
Adventure, (Don Quixote, Beowulf, etc.)
Romanticism, (Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, etc.)
And many others!
Hope this gives a brief idea of the kinds of literature; really there are so many; too many to list!

Plays, Essays, Prose, Fiction, novels and many other kinds of literature

All literature is broken down into two basic types: Prose and poetry. Prose includes standard written literature and plays. Written literature is then divided into fiction and non-fiction. Poetry encompasses all literature in verse form.
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Literature of imagination
literature of knowledge

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