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2nd Edition


ISBN 9781138020580
Published September 22, 2014 by Routledge
204 Pages

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Book Description

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

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