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What is the definition of literary movements?

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Posted January 29, 2010 at 7:04 AM via web

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What is the definition of literary movements?

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted January 29, 2010 at 7:38 AM (Answer #1)

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Broadly defined, literary movements are trends within literary periods in which literature is unified by shared intellectual, linguistic, religious, and artistic influences [See Wheeler, Earlier/Later Periods of Literature]. Literary movement describes a collective upsurge of anideological or critical approach to literature that is different from others before it and usually leads to new directions after it. Some instances of specific literary movements within literary periods are Captivity Narratives, American Southern Gothic, Naturalism, and Realism. There are many other literary movements.

A current movement is metafiction in which the narrator or writer exposes within the narrative that s/he is the narrator of the narrative or the writer of the narrative through such means as the narrator exclaiming about the difficulties of constructing rising action or the writer intruding to rewind, as it were, and claim the right to and then proceed to rewrite a scene. Other literary movements are Magic Realism, Bloomsbury Group, Beat, Literature of the Absurd, Harlem Renaissance, Pre-Raphaelites and Romanticism. For more information on the many specific literary movements, refer to the links below.

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