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  • adj. not literary

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  • adj. Characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language.

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  • adj. marked by lack of affectation or pedantry


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  • In the samples you've provided, the political commitment of the literary right is clearly extraliterary, or rather nonliterary, that is, tone deaf to the novel, a conclusion readily argued from the premises of the New criticism concerning ambiguity in narrative voice.

    The politics of the politics of literature

  • And you may also have noticed that I don't treat "nonliterary" and "unpopular" as value judgments.

    Commercial vs Literary (again)

  • He built it out perfectly to his specifications, but it's based totally on nonliterary verse.

    Susan Segal: Arturo Herrera: Les Noces (The Wedding)

  • But in what sense are these nonliterary objects "texts"?

    Literary Study

  • These days, the state-run agency has more pressing, nonliterary concerns.

    NYC subway service ads replace poetry, literature

  • It's surprisingly easy to translate nonliterary work into words.

    APAture Live

  • If I were credible enough to have my own blog, here are five nonliterary but literate blogs I read regularly which would have a place on my blogroll:

    July 2007

  • At one point she relates to a distinctly nonliterary character: Anna Nicole Smith, who, when she dies of a drug overdose in February 2007, is taking many of the medications that the author is taking.

    When Pain Comes to Stay

  • What we get instead is Wilson on the road (from Hungary to the Mideast), among literary friends (Robert Lowell, Anais Nin, W.H. Auden), and nonliterary (Mike Nichols and Elaine May) and, increasingly, alone and worrying over his heart condition, his drinking and his dwindling but still intense sex life.

    A Summer Book Bag

  • I agree, too, on the value of such nonliterary activities as cooking and gardening, which in their creative processes and structures bear more than a passing resemblance to the act of writing.

    The Best American Poetry 2008


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