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The term was coined by science fiction author K. W. Jeter in a letter to Locus in April 1987: Dear Locus: Enclosed is a copy of my 1979 novel Morlock Night; I’d appreciate your being so good as to route it to Faren Miller, as it’s a prime piece of evidence in the great debate as to who in "the Powers/Blaylock/Jeter fantasy triumvirate" was writing in ...


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My go-to source for authority on a matter like this is J.A. Cuddon's A Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory. Here is the definition there for "novel of ideas": A vague category of fiction in which conversation, intellectual discussion and debate predominate, and in which plot, narrative, emotional conflict and psychological depth in ...


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While every fantasy series tends to deal slightly differently with their fantasy races, there tend to be some common denominators. Dwarves are generally written as living underground. Dwarves are usually associated with mining, and with forging. In many fantasy stories, dwarves tend not be be traditional magic-users; in some stories, dwarves are naturally ...


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Biographies of animals are not a very common genre, although it is not difficult to find examples with a bit of digging: Flush: A Biography (1933) by Virginia Woolf is the "imaginative biography" (Wikipedia's description) of a dog. Its entry in the Library of Congress) simply classifies is as "biographical fiction". Bobbie, a Great Collie by Charles ...


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Well, Richmal Crompton did say in a radio interview that when she started writing these 'Just William' stories, her intention was to write those stories for adults about children. Listen to the interview : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmEcUabNmYQ The relevant transcript: Well I began to write them entirely for adults about children. And they were ...


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Most of the authors you list belong to a genre known as Weird Fiction. The Wikipedia article on the genre has four out of the five authors you name under its list of notable contributors and names Poe as the founder of the genre. The missing author is Guy de Maupassant. But given that he has a two-volume collection available entitled "Collected Supernatural ...


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This strikes me more as referencing Tolkien's attitude towards myths and Christianity in particular: Now what Dyson and Tolkien showed me was [... that] the story of Christ is simply a true myth: a myth working on us in the same way as the others, but with this tremendous difference that it really happened. (From a letter to Arthur Greeves in October ...


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In this English SE discussion, the history of romance in literature was covered fairly extensively; and we basically concluded that romance originally meant stories or histories styled poetically (i.e. in rhyme or verse) that were subsequently put to music in songs and ballads sung by troubadours, bards, or minstrels -- who were frequently rewarded for their ...


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I would argue that a genre is a kind of non-spoken contract between creator and reader, an implicit understanding of some of the things that has to be accepted to make the work function as intended. One of the most important such understanding when it comes to literature is that if something is a labelled "fiction", then it need not have anything to do ...


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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 ...


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As well as Leszek Kolek's 1975 work, I have now found a second text that offers contrasting definitions of the two terms: Timothy Bewes's "What is 'Philosophical Honesty' in Postmodern Literature?" (New Literary History, vol.31, no.3, 2000, pp. 421-434). Bewes's article is referred to in David Cunningham's entry on "Philosophical Novel" in the Encyclopedia ...


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The Guardian refers to the Hailey as a germinator of the "factional" genre. The fruit of diligent research, which in his long (seldom under 500-page) novels was sometimes dispensed in barely digested globules, his work laid the groundwork for the "factional" genre, which uses authentic backgrounds as a backcloth for human stereotypes. Faction was ...


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I'm no expert, but I do think there can be an overlap here. A narrative is traditionally defined as a piece of writing chronicling a connected series of events or a story in which a person or various persons interact; narratives are often descriptive and creative. An essay is merely "a short piece of writing on a particular subject," typically nonfiction, ...


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The SF Encyclopedia describes this sub-genre under the heading ‘Ruined Earth’, by which it means: the longer-range sf aftermath of Disaster and Holocaust scenarios typified by: The rusting symbols of a technological past protruding into a more primitive, natural, future landscape The settings of both works mentioned by the OP, the role-playing game ...


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Regarding the Zeigarnik Effect itself, it's a bit of a leap from an unfinished task being more memorable, to thinking that unresolved threads in a novel make the novel more memorable. In any case, there are criticisms of the effect itself. Wikipedia says: The reliability of the effect has been a matter of some controversy. Several later studies, ...


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Gareth Rees has provided a term which may be used (albeit perhaps not in widepread use) for the specific subgenre you're asking about. But in general, stories of this type are still called post-apocalyptic fiction. From the Wikipedia page on Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction: The story may involve attempts to prevent an apocalypse event, deal with ...


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The resources at Synonym.com and Prezi explain the differences between narrative and descriptive writing (Synonym.com) or between narrative and descriptive essays (Prezi) but they are not very helpful at understanding the comment about Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Especially Prezi bases the distinction between the two types of essays by ...


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"Literature" in this context is used to connote what may be termed the genre of "Literary Fiction" as opposed to mere "Genre Fiction". The distinction is exceptionally useful in the contemporary landscape to distinguish work with deeper merit (i.e. possessing more than mere entertainment value.) "Elevated beyond genre" is a way of connoting that a "...


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