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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 this schema, nature writing is formed in the intersection of three marginally overlapping types of texts: scientific texts, belletristic texts, and pragmatic texts (Tuur, 2007).
The belletristic gossip Abbe Giuseppe Baruffi proved to be "a priest that even a Protestant can respect.
42) For although most of these materials, like many modern invocations of Chaucer, may make cavalier use of the facts of both the poet's biography and literary achievement, they have nonetheless surely complemented the efforts of professional editors, booksellers, belletristic amateurs, and professional academics to keep Chaucer in currency--and current--for over six centuries.
A discussion of the second canzone, "Donna pietosa e di novella etade," long recognized as paralleled in content by its accompanying prose, but distinguished from it by the use of artificial, rather than natural narrative order, adopts belletristic criteria that the first chapter had admirably transcended.
Through her pointedly belletristic, mixed genre writing, Krog extends the audience that the mass media at the time of the TRC were able to reach, (3) nevertheless, the authorial narrator questions the ethical validity of this project.
I recall years ago a professor of mine stating that the literary critic ought to strive for the same excellence of discourse that -hypothetically- characterizes whatever belletristic texts are under study.
28) Looking over these pieces, one is struck by the contrast between, on the one hand, the Herald's consistent editorial viewpoint on world events, including the Versailles Treaty, the Allied incursion into Soviet Russia, and the British state's postwar social and economic policies, and, on the other hand, Sassoon's jocular and belletristic columns.
I saw a similar impulse in "Writing Centers in Bloom I: Belletristic Writing and the Writing Center Professional" (the first of two related panels organized by Greg Dyer); following up on Lynn Z.
Morris's belletristic vision of "literary America" was wedded to liberal conceptions of good politics and good taste.
Germans translated 2,058 belletristic works from English--English-speaking people only 38 from German.
But Burke's Shakespeare biography ends not with the belletristic triumph of Prospero, but Shakespeare's recovery of his professional balance in the mixing of pastoral images with the imagery of trade in Cymbeline.
Proud of itself, smug in its inventiveness, secure in its ivory tower of belletristic taxonomy, the world of literature rocked along, and all were content: any example of writing obviously exhibited certain characteristics and thus could readily be distinguished as an instance of a specific genre on the basis of these very characteristics.