1 the doctrine of realistic (literal) portrayal in art or literature
2 a disposition to interpret statements in their literal sense
- The style of art portraying a subject as accurately as possible.
- Scriptural literalism in religious fundamentalism
- in translation, the principle of aiming at a literal translation
- Literalism (music), a late-20th century method of composing music using physical representations of elements of musical composition to create everything from classical orchestral pieces to apparently formless moments of noise.