A literary movement is a term used to define literature created during the same time period by different authors. They share a similar reason or inspiration for writing and use related ideas.

Home ┬╗ Glossary of Literary Terms ┬╗ Movements
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  • Academic Drama
    Academic drama is a theatrical movement that was popular during the Renaissance, in the 16th-century. It was performed in universities. Read More
  • Acmeism
    Acmeism is a literary movement that emerged in the early 1910s in Russia. The movement is also referred to as the Guild of Poets. Read More
  • Aestheticism
    Aestheticism is a literary and artistic movement in the 18th and 19th centuries that focused on the importance of beauty. Read More
  • American Renaissance
    American Renaissance period of literature lasted from 1830 to the beginning of the Civil War, around 1861. Read More
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  • Beat Generation
    The Beat Generation was a literary movement that began after the Second World War and known for its liberal attitudes towards life. Read More
  • Black Mountain Poets
    The Black Mountain Poets were a group of writers centered around Black Mountain College, in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Read More
  • Bloomsbury Group
    The Bloomsbury Group, also known as the Bloomsbury Set, was a group of English writers, artists, philosophers, critics, and friends. Read More
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  • Georgian Poetry
    Georgian poetry was a poetic movement in England that lasted from 1910 to 1936 during the reign of George V. Read More
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  • Imagism
    Imagism was a literary movement of the early 20th century. The proponents were interested in the use of precise imagery and clear language. Read More
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  • Lake Poets
    The Lake Poets were a group of English poets who lived and wrote in the Lake District during the nineteenth century. Read More
  • Literary Modernism
    Literary modernism originated in the late 19th and 20th centuries. It was mainly focused in Europe and North America. Read More
  • Lost Generation
    Lost Generation refers to a group of writers who came of age during World War I and dealt with the social changes the war brought. Read More
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  • Metaphysical Poetry
    Metaphysical poetry is marked by the use of elaborate figurative languages, original conceits, paradoxes, and philosophical topics. Read More
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  • Neoclassicism
    Neoclassicism was a movement interested in reviving Greco-Roman literature, art, architecture, philosophy, and theatre in the 18th century. Read More
  • New Apocalypse
    The New Apocalypse or New Apocalyptics grouping was a selection of poets from the United Kingdom during the 1940s. Read More
  • New Woman Movement and Writing
    New Woman was a feminist ideal that was profoundly influential on 19th and 20th-century literature, as well as broader feminist beliefs. Read More
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  • Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
    The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was a group of English artists, including writers, painters, and critics, who were founded in 1848. Read More
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  • Realism
    Realism is a literary movement that portrays everyday life exactly how it is. Read More
  • Romanticism
    Romanticism was a movement that originated in Europe at the end of the 18th century and emphasized aesthetic experience and imagination. Read More
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  • Surrealism
    Surrealism refers to a movement of literature, art, and drama in which creators chose to incorporated dreams and the unconscious, and fuse reality and pure imagination. Read More
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  • Transcendentalism
    The most important part of Transcendentalism is the focus on nature and opposition to the destruction of the individual that came with industrialism. Read More

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