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Can music be considered literature?

I would say Music should not be classified as Literature because to do so would cause much confusion in talking about work in two fundamentally distinct artistic mediums. [See PephenKinD's answer for ...
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Is "The Most Dangerous Game" Literature?

His cigar was knocked out of his hand by the sail when it was blown in the wind and then he was knocked overboard Well recalled! It was a pipe knocked out of his mouth by a rope, not a cigar knocked ...
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Is "The Most Dangerous Game" Literature?

Literature is not defined by the presence or absence of coincidence. Moreover, Rainsford falling overboard would be better described as the element that sets the plot in motion rather than "...
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Can music be considered literature?

Certainly there are those that consider music to be literature. In fact, the organization PEN New England (a chapter of PEN America) which among other things confers over $150,000 to writers in the ...
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Can music be considered literature?

Generally, music and literature are two different genres of art, with the distinctions hinging on the medium used. The former is understood to be the organization and production of harmonious sounds, ...
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What is Bob Dylan's definition of literature in his Nobel Prize lecture?

If I read Dylan correctly, he, a contrarian if ever there was one, is actually arguing that his songs are not "literature" as the term is commonly understood. Of course, this also implies his award ...
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"Literary theory": Genre or field?

I too have asked myself similar questions... Literary Theory in a strict sense is the systematic study of the nature of literature and of the methods for analyzing literature. However, literary ...
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What is literature?

What is literature? You'd think this would be a central question for literary theory, but in fact it has not seemed to matter very much. These are the opening words of the second chapter, "What ...
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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"?

The comment differentiates language and literature and suggests they have opposite futures. the future of the English language is grand Language is a broad category that includes verbal and ...
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Can formal essays be considered as a literature in strict sense?

The short answer to this question is, "Yes, they can. It simply depends on how we define literature." Cuddon defines literature as follows: A vague terms which usually denotes works which ...
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Do computer-generated poetry, stories, etc. fit in any common definition of literature?

It fits well with reader-response theory. In "How to Recognize a Poem When You See One" (collected in Is There a Text in This Class?), Stanley Fish recounts how he wrote a list of motifs on the ...
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Do computer-generated poetry, stories, etc. fit in any common definition of literature?

"any commonly-accepted definitions of literature?" I think so. I believe that a commonly accepted definition of literature is something like a grouping of writings. If your definition of Literature ...
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Is poetry the art of giving different names to the same thing?

Hollander, in Rhymes Reason, an amusing book in which the he writes in a series of forms (sonnet, sestina, etc.) about what a poem written in that form should be like, says that poetry is essentially ...
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Is poetry the art of giving different names to the same thing?

If you define poetry as [a] variable literary genre characterized by rhythmical patterns of language (from L. Kip Wheeler's glossary of literary terms), you get a very broad definition that also ...
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Can music be considered literature?

Literary theory does not treat music as part of literature. For example, the introductory chapter to Terry Eagleton's book Literary Theory: An Introduction (Blackwell, 1983, pages 1-16) discusses what ...
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Can music be considered literature?

Consider the negation of "can music be considered literature?" The negation is: "music cannot be considered literature." From a strictly logical perspective, that would mean that there is no music ...
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