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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Literature is prose, written or oral, including fiction and non-fiction, drama and poetry. See also: outline of poetry.

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


Essence of literature

Forms of literature

Oral literary genres

Epic poetry - Legend - Mythology - Ballad - other forms of oral poetry - Folktale - Oral Narrative (Oral History) - Urban legend

Written literary genres

Aubade - Clerihew - Epic - Haiku - Lied - Lyric - Ode - Rhapsody - Song - Limerick - Sonnet - Speculative poetry
Saj' (Maqama) - Fu (literature) - Rayok
Autobiography - Biography - Diaries and Journals - Essay - Frame Narrative - In Medias Res - Literary criticism - Memoir - Outdoor literature - Spiritual autobiography - Travel literature
Fiction genres
Parody - Satire
Detective fiction (Hardboiled, Whodunit) - Newgate novel
Southern Gothic
Inspirational fiction - Religious literature
Historical romance (Regency romance) - Inspirational romance - Paranormal romance
Alternate history - Fantasy (for more details see Fantasy subgenres; fantasy literature) (Epic fantasy, Science fantasy, Steampunk, Urban fantasy, Weird fantasy) - Horror (Lovecraftian horror, Weird menace) - Science fiction (for more details see Science fiction genres and related topics) (Cyberpunk, Hard science fiction, Space opera) - Supernatural fiction
Conspiracy fiction - Legal thriller - Spy fiction/Political thriller - Techno-thriller

History of literature

General literature concepts

Prosody - Meter - Scansion - Constrained writing
Villanelle - Sonnet - Sestina - Ghazal - Ballad - Blank verse - Free verse - Epic poetry
Fiction - Non-fiction - Biography
Essay - Flash prose - Journalism - Novel - Novella - Short story
History of theater
Metaphor - Metonymy - Symbol - Allegory
  • Basic procedural knowledge
Poetry analysis - effective reasoning in argument writing
  • Techniques and conceits
False document - Frame tale - Anecdote - Point of view
Marxist literary criticism - Semiotic literary interpretation - Psychoanalytic literary interpretation - Feminist literary interpretation - New historicism - Queer literary interpretation

Literary awards

Persons influential in the field of literature

See also

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