Literary science

Literary science (German: Literaturwissenschaft[1]) is an umbrella term, used in many European countries, for all kinds of scientific study pertinent to literature.[2][3] The main branches of literary science are history of literature, literary criticism, comparative literature, and literary theory.

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  1. Lacking a standard English-language equivalent, the term Literaturwissenschaft (and its equivalents in several other languages) is often translated as "literary theory", "literary criticism", or "literary studies".
  2. Alo Allkemper/Norbert O. Eke: Literaturwissenschaft. Eine Einführung, Reihe: UTB basics. 3. überarb. u. erw. Aufl., Stuttgart: UTB, 2010, ISBN 978-3-8252-2590-2
  3. Rainer Baasner und Maria Zens: Methoden und Modelle der Literaturwissenschaft - Eine Einführung, 3. überarbeitete und erweiterte Auflage, Berlin: Erich Schmidt, 2005.
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