By Muhammad Faseeh ul Hassan

What Is the Importance of Literary Movements?

Literary movements are a way to divide literature into categories of similar philosophical, topical, or aesthetic features, as opposed to divisions by genre or period. Like other categorizations, literary movements provide language for comparing and discussing literary works. These terms are helpful for curricula or anthologies.

What Is A Literary Movement?

A literary movement is a general term for pieces of literature by different authors (usually over the same time period) who share a similar impetus for writing in some way.  Usually these authors are considered part of a “movement” because they have similar ideas about something. 

Definition Of Literary Movement.

A literary movement is defined by a group of writers with shared ideas about a number of things ranging from: style, content, philosophy, sociological concerns, art, culture, etc. A literary movement can be in opposition a current literary movement. For example, in England, Romanticism (approximately 1789-1832) was seen as a reaction to Neoclassical literature (approximately 1660-1789).

Why Dates Are Important In Literary Movements?

The dates in the literary movements are always debated. The dates of movements are often historically influenced, or sometimes for the sake of efficiency, these periods are often synced with significant historical events. For instance, the beginning of Romanticism is sometimes listed as 1789, the first year of the French Revolution.

Movements Within The Movement.

There are also movements within movements. Modernism (approximately late 19th century – the 1960s) contains many similar and/or different movements: Magical Realism, Surrealism, Futurism, Imagism, and Theatre of the Absurd – to name a few. 

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