Literature (from Latin litters; letter) is the art of written works. Literally translated, the word literature means "acquaintance with letters" (as in the "arts and letters ). (From: Wikipedia)
Literature is a word with a qualitative
implication, not just a neutral term for writing in general. Without this implication, and without a belief on the part of the author that some qualities of literature are best appreciated. ( From: Literary Theory, page:6 )
Written artistic works, especially those with a high and lasting artistic value: classical/modern literature. ( From: Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, page: 837 )
Type of literature?
Literature falls into two major types that are oral and written literature . - Oral literature is not written, but it is a story which says from someone to other people such as ballads, myths, jokes, folk tales and fables.
- written is the book that make or written from the person such as dramas, novels, poetry and nonfiction literature. Have a look at different types of literature
Type of literature
Prose writing that is not poetry.
Fiction is a book that describes imaginary people and events, not real ones such as novels, short story, fables, myths, dramas, etc.
Non-fiction is books, articles or text about real facts, people and events such as autobiography and biography, diary, Newspaper, journal, etc.
Verse = writing that is arranged in lines, often with a regular rhythm or pattern of rhythm such as poem, poetry, etc.
Castle, Gregory. 2007. Literary Theory. Victoria: Blackwell publishing.
Type of literature ( online ) .Available: http: // www.buzzle.com / articles / literature / [2010, November 08]