belletrism


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bel·let·rist

 (bĕl-lĕt′rĭst)
n.
A writer of belles-lettres.

bel·let′rism n.
bel′le·tris′tic (bĕl′ĭ-trĭs′tĭk) adj.

belletrism, belles-lettrism

the view that literature is a fine art, especially as having a purely aesthetic function. — belletrist, n. — belles lettres, n. — belletristic, adj.
See also: Literature
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21) Connecting the poem to "the love of beauty," More situates the Rubaiyat in a tradition of effete belletrism that scholars such as Francis Mulhern and Carol Atherton have pointed out began to lose favor as English rose to disciplinary maturity in the early twentieth century.
The Belletrism and Truth of the Borodino Field ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]).
In the context of early republican partisanship, these men--Elihu Hubbard Smith, Joseph Dennie, William Smith Shaw, Joseph Stevens Buckminster, and Arthur Maynard Walter--chose to pursue a separate sphere of conversation, belletrism, and periodical publication.
They were attracted to a romantic (Eldred and Mortensen might say escapist) aesthetic that grounded itself in belletrism and favored private over public discourse.
Foster attacks the former, Baker the latter, each making more or less the same point about liberalish belletrism catering to an essentially anti-artistic vulgus, although Baker does so with considerably more rhetorial elan: "Schjeldahl is often involved in baiting the anti-intellectualism of the public that Hal highlighted earlier.
A philosopher steps into literature that he might see, seize upon, and set forward in a rigorous manner the intent of belletrism in Putin's new federation.
30) Conceivably devoid of significant contacts with Anglo-American critical theories, the line connecting Croce's belletrism to today's successors of Contini, Debenedetti, Dionisotti, et al.