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Can art be considered Literature?

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kimsue59 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 5, 2013 at 8:58 PM via web

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Can art be considered Literature?

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arrellbelle | TA , College Sophomore | Valedictorian

Posted May 12, 2014 at 7:41 PM (Answer #3)

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The questions are, how do you define literature and how do you define art? Every person is different, for example, I consider literature to be a form of written work, consisting of words, dialogue, plot, etc. However, the way I define art is entirely different. Art is a visual expression of the artist's mind through the utilization of the elements and principles of art. This can be what other people call, an "Argument of Definition".

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 21, 2013 at 2:41 PM (Answer #2)

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This is an interesting question. I would say that the answer is yes and no. It all depends on how you define literature. If you define literature as a written piece of work, which most people do, then art (without text) is not literature. If you take a strict view, literature is usually divided into fiction or non-fiction, and between prose and poetry. So, from this point of view, art is not literature. 

If we define art as the communication of content, then sure art can be literature. As people say, a picture is worth a thousand words. In the end, the key is how you define literature. 

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