Esthetics of Literature

Literature is the selective recreation of reality through the use of concepts. Since concepts are accessed through words, language is the direct medium. The purpose of literature is to embody abstract concepts. To do this, it uses language to create detailed concretes. It attempts to bring the conceptual to the perceptual level. In this respect, it must create the perceptions through the use of language.

There are numerous variations of art that are based on literature. Novels, poems, stories, and others use only language to convey the subject. These are forms of literature. Others, such as plays or movies, involve other artistic mediums, such as acting. Although based on literature, which is their most important root, they incorporate other tools to make the concretization clearer. They still embody the abstract through the use of concepts, making them a form of literature.

Literature is one of the basic branches of Esthetics. It satisfies a particular human need. It allows the embodiment of abstract concepts through the use of concepts. Other forms of art aimed at fulfilling this particular need are derivatives of literature, requiring it as the basic mechanism.


Copyright 2001 by Jeff Landauer and Joseph Rowlands