European literature

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European literature refers to the literature of Europe.

European literature includes literature in many languages; among the most important of the modern written works are those in English, Spanish, French, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Modern Greek, Czech and Russian and works by the Scandinavians and Irish.

Important classical and medieval traditions are those in Latin, Ancient Greek, Old Bulgarian, Old Norse, Medieval French and the Italian Tuscan dialect of the renaissance.

In colloquial speech, European literature often is used as a synonym for Western literature.[1]

European literature is a part of world literature.

European literature in the Classical period[edit]

Ancient Greek literature[edit]

Latin Literature[edit]

European literature in the Romance languages[edit]

Catalan literature[edit]

French literature[edit]

Galician literature[edit]

Italian literature[edit]

Portuguese literature[edit]

Romanian literature[edit]

Spanish literature[edit]

Literature in other Romance languages[edit]

European literature in the Germanic languages[edit]

Anglic literature[edit]

Dutch literature[edit]

Germanic literature[edit]

North Germanic literature[edit]

Literature in other Germanic languages[edit]

European literature in the Slavic languages[edit]

Belarusian literature[edit]

Czech and Slovak literatures[edit]

Polish literature[edit]

Russian literature[edit]

Ukrainian literature[edit]

Literature in the South Slavic languages[edit]



European literature in the Celtic languages[edit]

European literature in the Finno-Ugric languages[edit]

European literature in other languages[edit]


  1. ^ "Western literature". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 

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