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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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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.
But was not such an outcome inevitable when all inquiries into literature, literariness, and canonicity operate within--and can operate only within--a pre-theoretical grasp of the category literature, thereby negating the possibility of an outside to literature, from where the latter could be located, accessed, framed, and mastered, and the resulting conclusions judged?
Keunen's study enables cognitive narratologists to distinguish between different forms of narrativity and literariness.
In contrast to sympathetic or affective forms of consolation found in generic constructions that figure the reader as "other," Wordsworth's sick-bed consolations console by situating the reader within the textual landscape and by inviting the reader to experience the archive; they also console by self-reflexively performing their literariness and meditating on the afterlives this literariness implies.
The open exercise of literary devices, however, also points to an underlying failure in Mansfield's signification process--the impossibility of ever fully representing, with the instruments of known literariness, the unsettling places and people that she encounters in Te Urewera.
3, Some texts are born literary, some achieve literariness and some have literariness thrust upon them.
s style, and that one source of ambiguity is the "literariness" of his ghazals, Meisami defines literariness as "a self-conscious attention to style and to rhetorical refinement" and "an equally self-conscious engagement with the literary tradition and the literary milieu in relation to which one produces one's own works" (p.
Therefore, Zhou and Tong call upon comparatists to go beyond literariness and reach into a much wider domain of social politics (279-80).
White effectively belies this equation between seriousness and depth in a way that I believe only literariness allows: by making all the serious substance that irony typically jettisons into something prospective rather than retrospective, something procreative not nostalgic.
Many disengenuously eschew all forms of literariness in favor of "fact" only.
My claim here is, however, that indeed in the age of neomedievalism we can abstract medieval patterns, like the knightly/chivalric code, while, by transgressing borders of historicity, we enter the sphere of literariness.
Malory wrote in a rather conversational, ordinary-language way, and the new spelling removes a veil of false literariness from his text.