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Oral literature corresponds in the sphere of the spoken (oral) word to literature as literature operates in the domain of the written word. It thus forms a generally more fundamental component of culture, but operates in many ways as one might expect literature to do. It is also known by the neologism orature, in an attempt to avoid an oxymoron, but oral literature remains more common both in academic and popular writing. Open Directory Project: Literature World Literature Electronic Text Archives Magazines and E-zines Online Writing Writers Resources Libraries, Digital Cataloguing, Metadata Distance Learning What is Literature? Dictionary of the History of Ideas: Classicism in Literature The Universal Library, by Carnegie Mellon University Project Gutenberg Online Library Abacci - Project Gutenberg texts... Writing may refer to two activities: the inscribing of characters on a medium, with the intention of forming words and other constructs that represent language or record information, and the creation of material to be conveyed through written language. ... Look up Culture on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Wikinews has news related to this article: Culture and entertainment Dictionary of the History of Ideas: Cultural Development in Antiquity Dictionary of the History of Ideas: Culture and Civilization in Modern Times Classificatory system for cultures and civilizations, by Dr. Sam Vaknin... A neologism is word, term, or phrase which has been recently created (coined) —often to apply to new concepts, or to reshape older terms in newer language form. ... Not to be confused with Oxymoron (band). ...

Pre-literate societies, by definition, have no written literature, but may possess a rich and varied oral traditions—such as folk epics, folklore and folksong—that effectively constitute an oral literature. Oral tradition or oral culture is a way of transmitting history, literature or law from one generation to the next in a civilization without a writing system. ... EPIC might be an acronym or abbreviation for: Electronic Privacy Information Center Exchange Price Information Computer of the London Stock Exchange Explicitly Parallel Instruction Computing Enhanced Programmable ircII Client - a chat client for Unix-like systems El Paso Intelligence Center End Poverty In California European Privatisation and Investment Corporation European... Folklore is the ethnographic concept of the tales, legends, or superstitions current among a particular population, a part of the oral history of a particular culture. ... Folk music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and of the people. ...

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Korean Literature (6830 words)
Oral literature includes all texts that were orally transmitted from generation to generation until the invention of Hangul (han'gul)--ballads, legends, mask plays, puppet-show texts, and p'ansori ("story singing") texts.
In contrast to the literature of the earliest ages, which is characterized by collective artistic activity, that of later ages shows the effects of political, economic, and cultural changes as the peninsula increased in wealth and widened its contacts with other areas.
In contrast to that of Koguryo, the literature of Paekche and Silla tended to be lyrical, perhaps because of the milder climate and easier life in the south.
African Literature - MSN Encarta (1887 words)
The oral tradition of Liyongo, a 13th-century contender for the throne of Shagga, is preserved in the epic poem Utendi wa Liyongo Fumo (Epic of Liyongo Fumo), written by Muhammad bin Abubakar in 1913.
The literature produced was either for private amusement or limited circulation, much of it first appearing in magazines, and consists largely of verse and short fiction.
Although this literature was never written with the intention of reaching a mass audience, its impact was considerable in that it provided models for later authors of writing about social and cultural preoccupations of Africans.
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