(1) The profession or art of a writer
"Her place in literature is secure"
(2) The humanistic study of a body of literature
"He took a course in Russian lit"
(3) Creative writing of recognized artistic value
(4) Published writings in a particular style on a particular subject
"The technical literature"
"One aspect of Waterloo has not yet been treated in the literature"
- The body of all written works.
- The collected creative writing of a nation, people, group or culture.
- All the papers, treatises etc. published in academic journals on a particular subject.
- Written fiction of a high standard.
- SF is rarely literature because the characters are so poorly realised. - Adam Cadre