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Urcean literature refers to the literature of Urcea as well as older literature written in the Ábciwidar language. It may also refer to literature written by Urceans or Urcean emigres elsewhere, especially in Levantia. Urcean literature is considered to have begun in the 12th century when, in different regions of the Kingdom, the slowly standardizing Ábciwidar language started to be used in a literary manner. Urcean literature continued on past the adoption of Julian Ænglish as the national language.
Much of the first half of Urcean literature - through about 1700 - focused on the nature of the divine and its relation to human life, and consequently some of the greatest works of Christian devotional literature, including The Imitation of Christ and Dark Night of the Soul were written in Urcea. This focus on devotional literature set the foundation for later works in the Romantic period and specifically during the Aedanicad, which is considered to be the golden age of Urcean literature. This period saw the increasing interest in establishing a uniquely Urcean literature style as opposed to the general cultural history and mores of the Holy Levantine Empire, from which Urcea found itself increasingly estranged from during the Recess of the Julii. With the desire to produce uniquely Urcean literature and culture, a number of key new literary figures emerged, including novelists such as Téodóir Dostovenus, who wrote extensively about human nature and the duality of man, especially in works such as The Brothers Kerkinius.
- 1 Scope and definitions
- 2 Historical Development
- 3 Regional & Vernacular literatures
- 4 Foreign Influences