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  • Title: Genre
  • Author: John Frow
  • ISBN: 9780415280631
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Paperback
  • Genre is a key means by which we categorize the many forms of literature and culture But it is also much 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 coGenre is a key means by which we categorize the many forms of literature and culture But it is also much 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.
    Genre Genre is a key means by which we categorize the many forms of literature and culture But it is also much than that in talk and writing in music and images in film and television genres actively gen

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    1. A solid theoretical view of the idea of genre and generic classing systems is offered here by John Frow For those reading this who have no idea who John Frow is he is a professor at Melbourne University which I do not attend by the way but could have if I d wished Either way this book is an insightful look into the theory of genre.Frow s overall argument is that genre is not limited to merely looking at entertainment forms such as books, films or music items He argues that genres and generic str [...]

    2. I somehow decided this would be a good book to teach to my students, which is probably not entirely accurate I think the book is, in places, a little too academic for classroom purposes there s a lot of building arguments from arguments made elsewhere and I think some of that might go right over my students heads And it s tricky stuff, this genre businessWhat I did is isolate three chapters three, five, and six that I think are most teachable, and while I ll review that decision this summer, tha [...]

    3. Never send an English Professor to do a Philosopher s job joke In general, I felt like the analysis was superficial Sufficient for an introductory or summary text Good points, yes, but nothing stuck nor was anything novel added to the discussion about genre, in my humble opinion The author could have taken time to look at how contemporary philosophy has dealt with the notion of natural kinds I believe this might surprisingly help assist or provide tools for a richer analysis of generic concepts [...]

    4. It was suggested to me that I read this book for work In general, the discussions of specific texts were reasonably interesting and thought provoking, but I struggled with the general theoretical material, perhaps in part because I m not sure I find the concept of genre as explored in this text to be a particularly useful one for my own interests.

    5. This book s central task is the reframing of the text genre relationship, arguing that texts do not belong to genres but are, rather, uses of them 2 Genres function by mediat ing between a social situation of a reader embedded in real and literary contexts, and the text which realises certain features of this situation, or which responds strategically to its demands 14 Rather than reading genre simply to categorize where a text belongs, Frow argues, we read for those layers of background knowled [...]

    6. A good, solid reference for anyone looking to learn about genre theory While the examples used are all textual, the theory Frow discusses can be used on just about anything that could be classified as a genre In my case, for example, I think that Frow s conceptions can be useful for discussing music genres.

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