The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to literature (prose, written or oral, including fiction and non-fiction, drama, and poetry). See also the Outline of poetry.

What type of thing is literature?

Literature can be described as all of the following:

Essence of literature

Forms of literature

See also: Literary genre

Oral literary genres

Oral literature

Written literary genres

Main articles: Poetry and Prose



Fiction genres


Inspirational fiction (religious literature) –

Literature by region and country



See also: Western literature

Middle East and North Africa

North and South America


Sub-saharan Africa

See also: African literature

History of literature

History of literature

Literature by written language

Literature by century

Literature by year

General literature concepts

See also: Index of literary terms and Glossary of poetry terms

Literary awards

Persons influential in the field of literature

Literature creation

Literature distribution

See also


  1. ^ Peter T. Daniels, "The Study of Writing Systems", in The World's Writing Systems, ed. Bright and Daniels, p. 3
  2. ^ the arts. Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 11th Edition. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  3. ^ Oxford English Dictionary (2d edition, 1989), s.v. Limerick.
    Vaughn, Stanton. Limerick Lyrics. 1900. Retrieved from [1].