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1. Of, relating to, or dealing with literature: literary criticism.
2. Of or relating to writers or the profession of literature: literary circles.
3. Versed in or fond of literature or learning.
a. Appropriate to literature rather than everyday speech or writing.
b. Bookish; pedantic.

[Latin litterārius, of reading and writing, from littera, lītera, letter; see letter.]

lit′er·ar′i·ly (-râr′ə-lē) adv.
lit′er·ar′i·ness n.


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For example, Wellek brought forward the new horizon of re-examining literariness and literary general aesthetic research from the parallel perspective when he criticized the French School's narrow nationalistic trend.
The text's second objective, in conjunction with establishing critical intersectional map work upon which future scholars may consider Levi as a complex and multi-layered subject rather than disentangling his many subjectivities, is also to examine his writings as intersectional; in other words, to transcend strictly reading Levi through his own theorizations on writing and to focus on his literariness.
The novelists this justly acclaimed interpreter of literariness and criticism examines are usually marshaled in larger studies, and accordingly three of the six chapters scrutinize known authors of presumably different literary traditions for truly original findings that are an essential report to the comparatist academy.
Two major trends evident since the 1980s involve an appreciation of the literariness of historiographic writings such as the Deuteronomistic History, and a tendency to date these writings to later times than those they purport to describe.
The great advantage of being concerned with such a distinct form is that one can both concentrate on the list as a formal element across a range of texts and go beyond it by taking the fixed form as a starting point for further considerations about literariness, genre, literary history, and the functions of the literary text.
In so doing, it makes the case for approaching all of Keun's texts by tending to the self-reflexive notions of authorship and literariness that drive them, and which Keun modulated in response to specific historical and cultural contexts.
Lutz's book is important both to literary and cultural studies, as she explores representations of bodies in nineteenth-century literature such as Dickens's novels and Tennyson's In Memoriam that influenced Victorian death culture, as well as "the literariness of remains" (2-3)--how we close read relics.
Many have criticized this approach, partly because it uses a very narrow notion of literature, leaving large areas undiscussed, partly because the focus on plot simply misses the literariness of literature, which was for a long time and maybe still is the object of literary criticism since its foundation as modern academic discipline by the Russian formalists.
According to him, it is important to study carefully the role of poetic function and literariness as a formalist characteristic of poetry because "poetic form clearly is a universal phenomenon of human culture" (80).
Emotional vividness enhances the literariness of Marshall's and Naylor's memoirs in that this criterion has been considered as one of the main features that distinguishes a literary text from a non-literary one.
He made it abundantly clear to the white liberal establishment that dominated Literary Studies at the time that he was not prepared to conform to the demands of literariness as defined by university professors.
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