A literary masterpiece is a work of literature that is considered to be outstanding in terms of its artistry and technique, and is held in high esteem as an original work to be read and studied. A literary masterpiece ca... More »

Literary elements are characteristics common to both oral and written stories. The elements are intrinsic parts of literature, not something an author simply decides to utilize. More »

Some of the literary elements of horror include mood, foreshadowing, surprise, suspense, mystery and humor. Horror stories can also use allegory and serve as moral tales or object lessons. Although most horror stories ha... More »

The seven standards of literature are: artistry, intellectual value, spiritual values, suggestiveness, universality, style and permanence. While genre fiction may contain some of these things, writing that is considered ... More »

The Formalist approach to literature, or Formalism, is a broad branch of literary criticism that seeks to examine a text on its own terms, independent of the text's societal or authorial context. Formalism accomplishes t... More »

Oral literature is a term generally applied to spoken literary traditions such as folk tales, musical theater, proverbs, riddles, life histories, plays, proverbs, epic poems and historical recitations. Unlike written lit... More »

The Quran's origins as an oral text in which recitation and intonation were of utmost importance, and its style of interweaving revelations from various periods into its sections, are its greatest influences on literatur... More »