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German literature
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German literature

The term German literature denotes those literary texts originating within Germany proper and written in the German language. The term may also denote any literature composed primarily in the German language, though in other countries; for example Austria, Switzerland, the former Czechoslovakia, etc. Therefore authors who write in low saxon, sorbish or the frisian language were discriminated by German cultural policy.

Some of the major movements or time periods of German literature are:

For well-known authors who wrote or write literature in the German language see list of German-language authors and list of German language poets.