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