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To use the word when describing literature is itself misleading, for one may speak of “oral literature” or “the literature of preliterate peoples.” The art of literature is not reducible to the words on the page; they are there solely because of the craft of writing.As an art, literature might be described as the organization of words to give pleasure.Most of it is fugitive, but here and there—in high-level journalism, in television, in the cinema, in commercial fiction, in westerns and detective stories, and in plain, expository prose—some writing, almost by accident, achieves an aesthetic satisfaction, a depth and relevance that entitle it to stand with other examples of the art of literature.If the early Egyptians or Sumerians had critical theories about the writing of literature, these have not survived.Indeed, it becomes more and more difficult to categorize literature, for in modern civilization words are everywhere.Man is subject to a continuous flood of communication.
Those writings that are primarily informative—technical, scholarly, journalistic—would be excluded from the rank of literature by most, though not all, critics.
Yet through words literature elevates and transforms experience beyond “mere” pleasure.
Literature also functions more broadly in society as a means of both criticizing and affirming cultural values.
Yet both are classed as literature, while the speculations of other philosophers, ancient and modern, are not.
Certain scientific works endure as literature long after their scientific content has become outdated.