The study of the massive amount of Asian literature as a whole requires the aggregation of literature under specific headings. Asian literature can be divided into a host of different labels, categorized according to religion, zone, region, ethnic group, literary genre, historical perspective or language of origin.
Though throughout the centuries a vast amount of Asian literature has been written, most of Asian literature can be broadly categorized as lyric, drama or narrative. The literary type of Asian writing was usually determined by the surrounding culture of the time and often expresses the ideologies prevalent in the era.
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