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belles-lettres

(bĕl-lĕ`trə) [from the French for literature, literally "fine letters"], literature that is appreciated for the beauty, artistry, and originality of its style and tone rather than for its ideas and informational content. Earlier the term was synonymous with literature, referring particularly to fiction, poetry, drama, criticism, and essays. However, belletristic literature has come to mean light, artificial writing and essays extolling the beauties of literature.

belles-lettres

literary works, esp essays and poetry, valued for their aesthetic rather than their informative or moral content
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According to the model of nature writing, a text conforming to such a definition combines aspects of three types of texts, namely, scientific, belletristic, and pragmatic texts.
In recent years, the historical (along with the political) has been rescued, with the help of New Historicist, feminist, Marxist, and post-colonial theory; the Lacanians and trauma theorists have redeemed the psychological; but the creative process itself (in all its dimensions) is still taboo, or at least still out of critical fashion, considered too belletristic, journalistic, or simply Romantic.
Finally, the basis of an environmental ethics allows the students to come to terms with belletristic environmental literature in a way that pure literature classes cannot, leaving them better writers and readers.
Later, in his attacks on Alfieri's tragedies, Bettinelli would shrewdly indicate that the entusiasmo that pervades Alfieri's works had little to do with Bettinelli's own belletristic enthusiasm.
No one could have accused Stella's early work of appearing belletristic had not there been this later sculpture: cumulonimbi of exhaust manifolds, goopy paint, and booksmart titles with all the sexiness of an aging comp-lit grad student at mixer night.
Aside from the Eliot sections, the book's commentary focuses more on social and intellectual history than on belletristic literature.
He was the second African American to earn his living as a belletristic writer, a credential that illuminates a popular and critically acclaimed life-long career in writing in every genre.
It might also have occasioned a discussion as to whether belletristic writing has--perhaps temporarily--been ousted from its once central position as arbiter of values by more specialized writing in philosophy and the social sciences, economics and the natural sciences, or how it may cope with the tide of consumerism.
public health infrastructure in a century of growing antigovernmentalism (chapter 4) sandwiched among four other chapters that are written in a more belletristic style.
the physical, linguistic, historical, intellectual), the next four chapters, which comprise the core of the book, examine the major components of the Arabic literary tradition, the Quran, poetry, belletristic prose and narrative, and drama.
Such `histories' dutifully listed authors and briefly described their works with touches of belletristic comment, so as to produce effectively useless books lacking any overall narrative, and, therefore, any claim to be history.
You are attempting a cycle of very short belletristic pieces, pieces which as it happens are not contes philosophiques and not vignettes or scenarios or allegories or fables, exactly, though neither are they really qualifiable as 'short stories' (not even as those upscale microbrewed Flash Fictions that have become so popular in recent years - even though these belletristic pieces are really short, they don't work like Flash Fictions are supposed to).