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In everyday usage, "literature" denotes either the entire corpus of published written texts, including non-fiction, or in a stricter sense only those texts that are classified as “literary” and hence represent an aesthetic (i.e. also social and historical) selection. The definition assumes that such texts, unlike, say, technical prose or popular literature, will require primarily aesthetic reception. The boundary between the two spheres, which has shifted over time, has been reg…

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Huber, Martin, “Literature”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 28 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023437>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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