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Literary Genres

01 Jan

  

 

All Fiction

Stories composed in verse or prose, usually for theatrical performance, where conflicts and emotion are expressed through dialogue and action.

Narration demonstrating a useful truth, especially in which animals speak as humans; legendary, supernatural tale.

Story about fairies or other magical creatures, usually for children.

Fiction with strange or other worldly settings or characters; fiction which invites suspension of reality.

Narrative literary works whose content is produced by the imagination and is not necessarily based on fact.

The songs, stories, myths, and proverbs of a people or “folk” as handed down by word of mouth.

Fiction in which events evoke a feeling of dread in both the characters and the reader.

Story, sometimes of a national or folk hero, which has a basis in fact but also includes imaginative material.

Fiction dealing with the solution of a crime or the unraveling of secrets.

Verse and rhythmic writing with imagery that creates emotional responses.

Story based on impact of actual, imagined, or potential science, usually set in the future or on other planets.

Fiction of such brevity that it supports no subplots.

All Nonfiction

Biography/Autobiography

Narrative of a person’s life, a true story about a real person.

Essay

A short literary composition that reflects the author’s outlook or point.

Narrative Nonfiction

Factual information presented in a format which tells a story.

Nonfiction

Informational text dealing with an actual, real-life subject.

Speech

Public address or discourse.

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