part of a European newspaper or magazine devoted to material designed to entertain the general reader; an article printed in a feuilleton
A feuilleton (French pronunciation: [fœjtɔ̃]; a diminutive of French: feuillet, the leaf of a book) was originally a kind of supplement attached to the political portion of French newspapers, consisting chiefly of non-political news and gossip, literature and art criticism, a chronicle of the latest fashions, and epigrams, charades and other literary trifles. The term feuilleton was invented by the editors of the French Journal des débats; Julien Louis Geoffroy and Bertin the Elder, in 1800. The feuilleton has been described as a "talk of the town",
and a contemporary English-language example of the form is the "Talk of the Town" section of The New Yorker.In English newspapers, the term instead came to refer to an installment of a serial story printed in one part of a newspaper. The genre of the feuilleton in its French sense was eventually included in English newspapers, but was not referred to as a feuilleton.
In contemporary French, feuilleton has taken on the meaning "soap opera".
German newspapers still use the term for their literary and arts sections. In Polish, the term (felieton) refers to a sort of op-ed, usually penned by an author regularly appearing in each issue (or every other issue, etc) of a publication and occupying the same space, often on the first or last pages.
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