literature regarded as a fine art, especially as having a purely aesthetic function.
light and elegant literature, especially that which is excessively refined, characterized by aestheticism, and minor in subject, substance, or scope.
historical examples

august strindberg, the spirit of revolt l. (lizzy) lind-af-hageby
the s-xual life of the child albert moll

(functioning as sing) literary works, esp essays and poetry, valued for their aesthetic rather than their informative or moral content

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