“The concept that a work shall have in it some organizing principle to which all its parts are related so that the work is an organic whole. A work with unity is cohesive in its parts, complete, self-contained, and integrated…A work may…be unified by form, intent, theme, symbolism—in fact, by any means that can so integrate and organize its elements that they have a necessary relation to one another and an essential relation to the whole of which they are parts.” 

Source: Harmon, William and C. Hugh Holman, A Handbook to Literature, 7th ed. (Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1996), pp. 533-534.

Lack of apparent unity is a characteristic of much postmodern fiction.


Opposite: dystopia

A society that offers its citizens a perfect or ideal existence.

Women’s Prize for Fiction

An annual U.K. award celebrating and honoring women’s fiction.

“One of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, the Women’s Prize for Fiction was known as the Orange Prize for Fiction between 1996 and 2012 and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction between 2014 and 2017. It celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.”

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