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Literary genres

This list has 38 sub-lists and 100 members. See also Literature, Genres by medium
Romanticism 17 L, 125 T
Satire 10 L, 36 T
Thrillers 15 L, 21 T
Fantasy genres
Fantasy genres 31 L, 39 T
Horror genres
Horror genres 19 L, 28 T
Wuxia 9 L, 2 T
Writers by genre
Writers by genre 65 L, 1 T
Legends 15 L, 19 T
Superhero fiction
Superhero fiction 5 L, 16 T
Slave narratives
Slave narratives 2 L, 26 T
Literary realism
Literary realism 2 L, 8 T
Romance genres
Romance genres 9 L, 9 T
Chick lit
Chick lit 2 L, 4 T
Romance (genre)
Romance (genre) 7 L, 30 T
Traditional stories
Traditional stories 12 L, 20 T
Genres of poetry
Genres of poetry 14 L, 33 T
Maqama 7 T
Prose 4 L, 4 T
Quantum fiction
Quantum fiction 2 L, 4 T
Thriller genres
Thriller genres 9 L, 11 T
Tragicomedy 2 L, 5 T
Grunge lit
Grunge lit 1 L, 7 T
  • Thriller (genre)
    Thriller (genre) Genre of literature, film, and television programming
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    Thriller is a broad genre of literature, film and television, having numerous, often overlapping subgenres. Thrillers are characterized and defined by the moods they elicit, giving viewers heightened feelings of suspense, excitement, surprise, anticipation and anxiety. Successful examples of thrillers are the films of Alfred Hitchcock.
  • Fantasy
    Fantasy Band
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    Fantasy is a genre of speculative fiction set in a fictional universe, often inspired by real world myth and folklore. Its roots are in oral traditions, which then became literature and drama. From the twentieth century it has expanded further into various media, including film, television, graphic novels, manga and video games.
  • Erotic literature
    Erotic literature Stories of passionate romance, and / or sexual relationships intended for arousal of desire in readers
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    Erotic literature comprises fictional and factual stories and accounts of human sexual relationships which have the power to or are intended to arouse the reader sexually. Such erotica takes the form of novels, short stories, poetry, true-life memoirs, and sex manuals. A common feature of the genre is sexual fantasies on such themes as prostitution, orgies, homosexuality, sadomasochism, and many other taboo subjects and fetishes, which may or may not be expressed in explicit language. Other common elements are satire and social criticism. Despite cultural taboos on such material, circulation of erotic literature was not seen as a major problem before the invention of printing, as the costs of producing individual manuscripts limited distribution to a very small group of readers. The invention of printing, in the 15th century, brought with it both a greater market and increasing restrictions, like censorship and legal restraints on publication on the grounds of obscenity. Because of this, much of the production of this type of material became clandestine.
  • Gothic fiction
    Gothic fiction Horrific, romantic style of English literature
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    Gothic fiction, which is largely known by the subgenre of Gothic horror, is a genre or mode of literature and film that combines fiction and horror, death, and at times romance. Its origin is attributed to English author Horace Walpole, with his 1764 novel The Castle of Otranto, subtitled (in its second edition) "A Gothic Story". The effect of Gothic fiction feeds on a pleasing sort of terror, an extension of Romantic literary pleasures that were relatively new at the time of Walpole's novel. The most common of these 'pleasures' among Gothic readers was the sublime - an indescribable feeling that "takes us beyond ourselves." The literary genre originated in England in the second half of the 18th century where, following Walpole, it was further developed by Clara Reeve, Ann Radcliffe, William Thomas Beckford and Matthew Lewis. The genre had much success in the 19th century, as witnessed in prose by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and the works of Edgar Allan Poe as well as Charles Dickens with his novella, A Christmas Carol, and in poetry in the work of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Lord Byron. Another well known novel in this genre, dating from the late Victorian era, is Bram Stoker's Dracula. The name Gothic, which originally referred to the Goths, and then came to mean "German", refers to the Gothic architecture of the medieval era of European history, in which many of these stories take place. This extreme form of Romanticism was very popular throughout Europe, especially among English- and German-language writers and artists. The English Gothic novel also led to new novel types such as the German Schauerroman and the French roman noir.
  • Judy Malloy
    Judy Malloy American writer
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    Judy Malloy (born Judith Ann Powers January 9, 1942) is a poet whose works embrace the intersection of hypernarrative, magic realism, and information art. Beginning with Uncle Roger in 1986, Malloy has composed works in both new media literature and hypertext fiction. She was an early creator of online interactive and collaborative fiction on The WELL and ArtsWire (website archived in 2002).
  • Histoires tragiques
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    Histoires tragiques ('tragic stories') were a genre of French fiction in 16th-17th centuries, a Baroque rendering of Boccaccio's type of short stories, concentrating on the dark side of human nature.
  • Robinsonade
    Robinsonade Literary genre with the themes of isolation, a new beginning for some of the characters and encounters with natives or apparent natives
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    Robinsonade () is a literary genre that takes its name from the 1719 novel Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. The success of this novel spawned so many imitations that its name was used to define a genre, which is sometimes described simply as a "desert island story" or a "castaway narrative".
  • Nordic noir
    Nordic noir Genre of crime fiction originating from the Nordic countries
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    Nordic noir, also known as Scandinavian noir, is a genre of crime fiction usually written from a police point of view and set in Scandinavia or Nordic countries. Plain language avoiding metaphor and set in bleak landscapes results in a dark and morally complex mood, depicting a tension between the apparently still and bland social surface and the murder, misogyny, rape, and racism it depicts as lying underneath. It contrasts with the whodunit style such as the English country house murder mystery. The popularity of Nordic noir has extended to the screen, such as The Killing, The Bridge,Trapped, and Bordertown.
  • Men's adventure
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    Men's adventure is a genre of magazine that was published in the United States from the 1940s until the early 1970s. Catering to a male audience, these magazines featured pin-up girls and lurid tales of adventure that typically featured wartime feats of daring, exotic travel or conflict with wild animals. These magazines were also colloquially called "armpit slicks", "men's sweat magazines" or "the sweats", especially by people in the magazine publishing or distribution trades.
  • Feminist literature
    Feminist literature Fiction or nonfiction that supports the feminist goals of defining, establishing and defending equal civil, political, economic and social rights for women
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    Feminist literature is fiction, nonfiction, drama or poetry which supports the feminist goals of defining, establishing and defending equal civil, political, economic and social rights for women. It often identifies women's roles as unequal to those of men – particularly as regards status, privilege and power – and generally portrays the consequences to women, men, families, communities and societies as undesirable.
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