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Genre (The New Critical Idiom)

Genre (The New Critical Idiom)
Author: John Frow
ISBN 13: 9780415280631
ISBN 10: 41528063
Edition: New Ed
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2005-11-16
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
List Price: $24.95

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 will be essential reading for students of literary and cultural studies.