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Synonyms for belles-lettres

creative writing valued for esthetic content

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The treatise De la maniere d'enseigner et d'etudier les Belles-Lettres by Charles Rollin is a swan's song of classic studies
Caylus fait partie de la prestigieuse Academie royale des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, centre majeur au XVIIIe siecle pour l'etude de l'heritage historique et litteraire du moyen age.
Their work at Aberystwyth University has now been recognised with the Prix Honor Chave, a prestigious honour awarded by the French learned society the Acadmie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres de l'Institut de France.
The world's oldest literature; studies in Sumerian belles-lettres.
Yet there are times when his tactics reach back beyond the New Criticism and early Structuralism he mentions, almost towards the manner of belles-lettres.
Literary scholars typically assume that American belles-lettres after the Puritans has been largely a secular affair.
He does an excellent job of sketching the sexual categories that did exist, drawing from a dazzling variety of sources--everything from medical and legal treatises to poetry and belles-lettres to juicy biographical and polemical works.
There is a clear telos here--the emergence of nineteenth- and twentieth-century secular Hebrew belles-lettres as the foundation of a mainly secular Jewish nationalist and revolutionary identity.
In The Words, Sartre's autobiography of his early years, he explained his literary career: "Removed from Catholicism, the sacred was deposited in belles-lettres and the penman appeared, an ersatz of the Christian I was unable to be, my sole concern was salvation.
Lewis' modern belles-lettres contribution, or sixteenth-century Protestant England?
A hsiao-p 'in (or xiaopin) is a piece of "short, informal belles-lettres prose that primarily served to amuse and entertain its reader" (p.
The conferences, inaugurated in 1968, bring to the OU campus major literary figures from around the world for two weeks of lectures, seminars, readings, and symposia, introducing the entire University community to such "living classics" of international belles-lettres as Jorge Luis Borges, Maryse Conde Julio Cortazar, Carlos Fuentes, Edouard Glissant, Czeslaw Milosz, Octavio Paz, and Mario Vargas Llosa.
Both these books are available from the superbly discerning mail-order outfit A Common Reader,(1) whose catalogs make better reading than most publishers' lists and whose spirit of genial belles-lettres is substantially the same one exemplified by those two dear fossils, George Lyttleton and Rupert Hart-Davis.
Meikle, `The Chair of Rhetoric and Belles-Lettres in the University of Edinburgh', University of Edinburgh Journal, 13 (1944-5), 96-7.
15) Drawing little distinction between the study of rhetoric and the criticism of belles-lettres, Blair "was thus to reunite," observes Ferreira-Buckley, "the arts of discourse into a general theory of language arts" (p.