Definition of writerly in English:


Line breaks: writer¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈrʌɪtəli


  • 1Of or characteristic of a professional author: the mixture of writerly craft and stamina which Greene had
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    • The proletariat is now an important trope of modernity worthy of the writerly gaze.
    • Sainz's novel explicitly inserts itself into the exploration of the effects of this e-revolution on the novelistic form, on the writerly identity, and on the rethinking of thematic development.
    • On the road towards major debates of the later twentieth century, Krutch considered aspects of writerly intention, and how these intersected with writerly self-critique.
  • 1.1Consciously literary: novels as tricksy and writerly as those of Robbe-Grillet
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    • Cavarero writes generically complex tales of the narratable self, reviving the writerly tradition of Roland Barthes, and echoing his recognition of eros, love, and desire.
    • Gowdy's prose is almost transparent; you never feel her writerly imprint.
    • Our book's approach is literary and writerly, focusing on the form and acknowledging the literary impulse in nonfiction.

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