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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 out of his hand by a sail, but that’s close enough: Rainsford sprang up and moved quickly to the rail, mystified. He strained his eyes in the direction from ...


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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 a good breakdown of the different qualities of the two mediums.] Music deals with combinations frequencies/wavelengths, in terms of sequence of notes, and ...


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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 "coincidence". Since Rainsford is a hunter rather than a seaman, his falling from the rail isn't particularly improbable. It is not less believable than, for ...


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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 fields of fiction, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, translation, drama, or poetry. is one of them, having in 2012 ...


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"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 includes something to do with art, then you first have to define art. And dependent on whether or not nonhuman things can make then defines if computer-generated ...


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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 is a mistake. Not many people would deliver a Nobel Prize lecture suggesting that their award was an error, but again, this is Bob Dylan we're talking about. ...


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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 scholarship since the 19th century often includes—in addition to, or even instead of literary theory in the strict sense—considerations of intellectual history, ...


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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 written communication of many forms. If the language is connected to the dominant world power, as English is, then the comment suggests that the society promises to ...


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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 is Literature and Does it Matter?", in Jonathan Culler's Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 1997). I will skip Culler's ...


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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 blackboard for his Medieval Literature class, and asked his subsequent Literary Theory class to interpret this "poem," which they did successfully. What this means ...


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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 literature is. This discussion focuses exclusively on texts (e.g. novels, poems and plays); even examples of what is usually not considered literature (e.g. ...


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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, while the latter is the arrangement of written words on a visual display. There can be an occasional crossover between the two forms. For example, a lot of ...


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