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2nd Edition

By John Frow


194 pages

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pub: 2014-09-16
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This second edition of John Frow’s Genre offers a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the area. Genre is a key means by which we categorize the many forms of literature and culture, but it is also much more than that: in talk and writing, in music and images, in film and television, genres actively generate and shape our knowledge of the world. Understanding genre as a dynamic process rather than a set of stable rules, this book explores:

  • the relation of simple to complex genres
  • the history of literary genre in theory
  • the generic organisation of implied meanings
  • the structuring of interpretation by genre
  • the uses of genre in teaching.

John Frow’s lucid exploration of this fascinating concept has become essential reading for students of literary and cultural studies, and the second edition expands on the original to take account of recent debates in genre theory and the emergence of digital genres.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Approaching genre Preliminary questions The situation of genre The performance of genre Classes and members 2 Simple and complex genres Simple forms: the riddle Generic complexity Citation and intertextuality 3 Literary genre theory Genre as taxonomy Presentational modes: Plato and Aristotle The natural forms Genres and modes Poetics and history 4 Implication and relevance The structural dimensions of genre Implication and presupposition Genre as schema Generic truths: Philosophy Generic truths: History 5 Genre and interpretation Reading genre The frame Generic cues Figures of genre 6 System and history Genre systems Synchrony and diachrony Genrification Emergent Genres Teaching genre

About the Author/Editor

John Frow is Professor of English at the University of Sydney, Australia.

About the Series

The New Critical Idiom

The New Critical Idiom is an invaluable series of introductory guides designed to meet the needs of today's students grappling with the complexities of modern critical terminology. Each book in the series provides:

  • A clear, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term
  • An original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic
  • Helpful definitions of the boundaries between the literary and non-literary
  • Basic guidance for the introductory reader in how the term relates to the larger field of cultural representation

With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples, The New Critical Idiom is an indispensable guide to key topics in literary studies.

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