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What does it mean to say “the future of the English language is grand but as far as its literature is concerned it seems bleak”?

An English professor commented that "the future of the English language is grand but as far as its literature is concerned it seems bleak". How can this sentence be interpreted? What exactly is the ...
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Is “The Most Dangerous Game” Literature?

Way back in high school, many many years ago, our teacher described to us what made something literature or not. This lesson always stuck with me for two reasons: 1) I didn't really think it was ...
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“Literary theory”: Genre or field?

I vaguely remember learning that "literary theory," according to some, is theory through which society and other artificial constructs are analyzed as though works of literature or art. I recall ...
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Do advocates of authorial intent theories consider conscious intent on the author's part mandatory for something to constitute literature?

Related: Does computer-generated poetry, stories, etc. fit in any common definition of literature? And the associated reading challenge proposal that inspired the questions: https://literature.meta....
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Do computer-generated poetry, stories, etc. fit in any common definition of literature?

My question is inspired by this reading challenge proposal about The Policeman's Beard is Half Constructed, which collects short stories, etc. that were generated (written?) by a computer program. ...
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What is Bob Dylan's definition of literature in his Nobel Prize lecture?

Bob Dylan's Nobel Literature Prize Literature starts off with the following paragraph: When I first received this Nobel Prize for Literature, I got to wondering exactly how my songs related to ...
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Is poetry the art of giving different names to the same thing?

There was a poet who said this: Poetry is the art of giving different names to the same thing. They are copied all over the internet. But is this true? In the comments of that post @Randal'Thor ...
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How does the Nobel committee define literature?

As you probably know, Bob Dylan, a musician, was awarded the Nobel prize. He was the first musician to receive the Nobel prize. The Nobel committee, notably, seemed to avoid the word music when ...
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Can music be considered literature?

This is based off of a recent meta debate. Although something being literature - or not being literature - does not automatically make something on or off topic, this is an interesting question that ...
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What are the ways academics have defined literature over the years?

One of the things that we've learned through this site's scope discussions is that literature has a very subjective definition. I'm curious how academics define and have defined literature. Is there ...