African literature can be divided into three distinct categories: precolonial, colonial and postcolonial. Precolonial literature often takes the form of oral narratives that are sometimes accompanied by music and center ... More »

African literature is as diverse as the continent itself, but several characteristics and themes prevail throughout much of the written works emerging from Africa. For instance, there is often a great emphasis on the his... 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 »

African literature is as diverse as the continent itself, but several characteristics and themes prevail throughout much of the written works emerging from Africa. For instance, there is often a great emphasis on the his... More »

Some of the most common themes in literature are overcoming adversity, crime does not pay and love conquers all. These themes resonate so much with readers that they appear throughout time, both in classic and modern for... More »

Some of the most important universal themes in literature are coming of age, a great adventure, loss of innocence, betrayal and the alienation or impotence of the modern human. Others are noble sacrifice, rebellion again... More »

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The general categories of literature are non-fiction, poetry, prose, drama and media. These are usually called genres. Literature is broken down into genres to make it easier to identify and discuss. More »