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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In looking at such sketches as "The Notch" and "The Canal Boat," among others, Hewett and Singer emphasize Hawthorne's development of an "American-inflected belletrism" that highlights the growing body of American literature of the nineteenth century (317).
Writing in the Atlantic Monthly in 1899, Paul Elmer More anticipated Graves by revealing something in the poem "very fair and fragile, which we are wont to stigmatize as effeminate or dilettante," for "the love of beauty," he warned, "has always a tendency to become effeminate and inefficient." (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.
Longaker suggests that since Kings College was primarily a training ground for "the New York bourgeois elite," it follows that "rhetorical education offered there would involve a heavy dose of belletrism" (141).
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.
Williams, "The New Belletrism," Style 33.3 (1999): 414-42;
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.
and belletrism." Leavis closes her essay by suggesting that it might be a good idea to apply to "the problems connected with emancipating women within our culture" the anthropological insights of Margaret Mead.
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.