ⓘ Outline of literature

                                     

ⓘ Outline of literature

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to literature:

Literature – prose, written or oral, including fiction and non-fiction, drama, and poetry. See also: outline of poetry.

                                     

1. What type of thing is literature?

Literature can be described as all of the following:

  • 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.
  • 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 senders intent to communicate at the time of communication; thus communication can occur across vast distances in time and space.
  • One of the arts – imaginative, creative, or nonscientific branch of knowledge, especially as studied academically.
  • Subdivision of culture – shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution, organization, or group.
                                     

2. Forms of literature

Oral literary genres

Oral literature

  • Legend –
  • Mythology –
  • Oral poetry –
  • Epic poetry –
  • Ballad –
  • Folktale –
  • Urban legend –
  • Oral History –
  • Oral Narrative –

Non-fiction

Non-fiction

  • Spiritual autobiography –
  • Biography –
  • Autobiography –
  • Literary criticism –
  • Travel literature –
  • Self-Help –
  • Diaries and Journals –
  • Essay –
  • Memoir –
  • Outdoor literature –
                                     

2.1. Forms of literature Oral literary genres

Oral literature

  • Legend –
  • Mythology –
  • Oral poetry –
  • Epic poetry –
  • Ballad –
  • Folktale –
  • Urban legend –
  • Oral History –
  • Oral Narrative –
                                     

2.2. Forms of literature Non-fiction

Non-fiction

  • Spiritual autobiography –
  • Biography –
  • Autobiography –
  • Literary criticism –
  • Travel literature –
  • Self-Help –
  • Diaries and Journals –
  • Essay –
  • Memoir –
  • Outdoor literature –
                                     

2.3. Forms of literature Fiction genres

Fiction

  • Parody –
  • Crime fiction –
  • Satire –
  • Airport novels –
  • Whodunit –
  • Adventure novel –
  • Hardboiled –
  • Comedy –
  • Detective fiction –
  • Newgate novel –
  • Erotica –
  • Gothic –
  • Fairy tale –
  • Family saga –
  • Frame story –
  • Southern Gothic –
  • Fable –
  • Invasion literature –
  • Inspirational fiction –
  • Mystery –
  • Philosophical literature –
  • Historical fiction –
Inspirational fiction religious literature –
  • Romance –
  • Romance heroic literature –
  • Historical romance –
  • Psychological thriller –
  • Psychological fiction –
  • Regency romance –
  • Paranormal romance –
  • Inspirational romance –
  • Weird fantasy –
  • Urban fantasy –
  • Epic fantasy –
  • Alternate history –
  • Fantasy – for more details see Fantasy subgenres, fantasy literature
  • Science fantasy –
  • Steampunk –
  • Speculative fiction –
  • Saga –
  • Horror –
  • Lovecraftian horror –
  • Weird menace –
  • Cyberpunk –
  • Hard science fiction –
  • Space opera –
  • Science fiction – (for more details see Science fiction genres and related topics
  • Supernatural fiction –
  • Legal thriller –
  • Techno-thriller –
  • Sensation novel –
  • Conspiracy fiction –
  • Slave narrative –
  • Thriller –
  • Spy fiction/Political thriller –
  • Western fiction –


                                     

3. History of literature

History of literature

  • History of ideas
  • History of science fiction
  • History of modern literature
  • History of theater
  • Intellectual history
  • History of the book

Literature by year

  • List of years in literature
  • Table of years in literature


                                     

3.1. History of literature Literature by era

  • Sumerian
  • Bronze Age literature
  • Ancient Egyptian
  • Akkadian
  • Ancient literature
  • Chinese
  • Latin
  • Tamil
  • Hebrew
  • Prakrit
  • Sanskrit
  • Avestan
  • Classical era literature
  • Pali
  • Japanese
  • Syriac
  • Greek
  • Georgian literature
  • Early medieval literature
  • Matter of Rome
  • Kannada literature
  • Matter of France
  • Middle Persian literature
  • Old Turkic
  • Byzantine literature
  • Matter of Britain
  • Armenian literature
  • Old English literature
  • Telugu literature
  • Medieval Dutch literature
  • Persian literature
  • Georgian literature
  • Kamakura-Muromachi literature
  • Medieval Welsh literature
  • Turkish literature
  • Medieval Catalan literature
  • Armenian literature
  • Bylina
  • Nepal Bhasa literature
  • Old Irish literature
  • Medieval German literature
  • Bengali literature
  • Medieval Bulgarian literature
  • Old Norse literature
  • Byzantine literature
  • Arabic literature
  • Korean literature
  • Indian literature
  • Medieval French literature
  • Medieval literature
  • Middle English literature
  • High medieval literature
  • Baroque
  • Early Modern literature
  • Renaissance literature
  • Renaissance
  • Modern literature


                                     

3.2. History of literature Literature by century

  • 12th century in literature
  • 21st century in literature
  • 11th century in literature
  • 14th century in literature
  • 18th century in literature
  • 15th century in literature
  • 17th century in literature
  • 20th century in literature
  • 16th century in literature
  • 19th century in literature
  • 13th century in literature
  • 10th century in literature
                                     

4. General literature concepts

  • Rhetoric –
  • Western canon –
  • Composition –
  • Book
  • Teaching of writing
  • Constrained writing –
  • Prosody –
  • Poetry –
  • Scansion –
  • Meter –
  • Blank verse –
  • Villanelle –
  • Poetics –
  • Ghazal –
  • Free verse –
  • Sonnet –
  • Sestina –
  • Epic poetry –
  • Ballad –
  • Non-fiction –
  • Prose –
  • Biography –
  • Fiction –
  • Flash prose –
  • Essay –
  • Short story –
  • Novella –
  • Novel –
  • Journalism –
  • Prose genres –
  • History of theater –
  • Theater –
  • Symbol –
  • Metonymy –
  • Allegory –
  • Rhetoric –
  • Metaphor –
  • Basic procedural knowledge
  • Poetry analysis –
  • effective reasoning in argument writing
  • Frame tale –
  • Narratology
  • In Medias Res –
  • False document –
  • Anecdote –
  • Point of view –
  • Literary criticism – an application of literary theory
  • Psychoanalytic literary interpretation –
  • Semiotic literary interpretation –
  • Queer literary interpretation –
  • New historicism –
  • Marxist literary criticism –
  • Feminist literary interpretation –