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 (dī-dăk′tĭk) also di·dac·ti·cal (-tĭ-kəl)
1. Intended to instruct.
2. Morally instructive.
3. Inclined to teach or moralize excessively.

[Greek didaktikos, skillful in teaching, from didaktos, taught, from didaskein, didak-, to teach, educate.]

di·dac′ti·cal·ly adv.
di·dac′ti·cism (-tĭ-sĭz′əm) n.
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1. the practice of valuing literature, etc., primarily for its instructional content.
2. an inclination to teach or lecture others too much, especially by preaching and moralizing.
3. a pedantic, dull method of teaching. — didact, n. — didactic, adj.
See also: Learning
the views and conduct of one who intends to teach, often in a pedantic or contemptuous manner, both factual and moral material. — didact, n. — didactic, adj.
See also: Attitudes
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.didacticism - communication that is suitable for or intended to be instructive; "the didacticism expected in books for the young"; "the didacticism of the 19th century gave birth to many great museums"
communication - something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups
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However, in didactic fiction the story is simply the carrier of information.
The other three sections of this second chapter--"The Contrast of Strong Poison" (44), "The Importance of Being Alice" (47), and "A Note on Even the Parrot"--are, respectively and in brief, a connection of themes from Unpleasantness into the next Sayers' mystery, a discussion of Alice allusions in other of the mysteries, and a discussion of Sayers' didactic fiction (compared by Leahy to Lewis Carroll's Sylvie and Bruno books).
"Didactic fiction can almost never be great fiction, and this novel loses power when Rev.
Later in life, More was to write much didactic fiction, including tracts for the poor and the lower-middle classes, and a novel, Coelebs in Search of a Wife, for an audience of youngsters from society's upper ranks.
We now know that during those years she published more than fifty works of journalism and fiction in a range of authorial modes: risque sensation fiction signed "Edith Eaton" for the Daily Story Company, a syndication service that supplied short fiction to regional newspapers across the United States; Chinatown fiction in Out West, the Chautauquan, and Seattle's Westerner; didactic fiction in conservative children's and women's magazines such as Good Housekeeping, the Housekeeper, Children's Magazine, Gentlewoman, and American Motherhood; more racialized (and racier) fiction in radical magazines such as the Bohemian; and middlebrow (white) women's fiction in People's Magazine and New England Magazine.
She helpfully distinguishes the "highly self-conscious" and generally didactic fiction of Cardinal Newman and Orestes Brownson from the more "mature" Catholic works of the first half of the twentieth century, particularly in France and England.
Given that YA books compete against Facebook, television and a hundred other distractions, it's important to note that overly didactic fiction will probably lose its reader in fewer than 20 pages.
Thus, Hardy concludes, Wells's increasingly didactic fiction could reflect "the conflict between his belief in the effectiveness of the novel as an agent of social change, and his equally strong conviction that the fictional mode exemplified a 'lower' form of reasoning which precluded the logical presentation of general relationships and system [sic]" (140).