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February 22, 2021


An introduction to literary genres



February 22, 2021


  1. The Trouble with Genres Or why the classification of “kind”

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  2. Discerning style Genre is a French term that means “genus”

    or “kind.” It is used in artistic disciplines (music, painting, film, and literature) to classify types or styles of expression, and thus offers artists and critics a common language with which to discuss works of art. http://www.storytrender.co m/19012/lovable-dog-art- critic-gives-owners- paintings-serious-paws- thought-staring-ages- masters-works/
  3. Classic Definition From the Renaissance to the rise of the

    Romantic period, intellectuals assumed that literary genres existed in pure or “ideal” forms that obeyed, or should be forced to obey, classical laws. The traditional genres were tragedy, comedy, lyric, pastoral, and epic Plato’s Allegory of the Cave https://www.thoughtco.com/the-allegory-of-the-cave-120330
  4. Romantic Interludes Romantic thinkers rejected the notion that literary art

    was only comprised of traditional genres and openly celebrated works that defied conventional generic distinctions, like Shakespeare’s Unities-less plays. In their efforts to throw off the tyranny of custom, the Romantics raised many disparaged artistic expressions to critical prominence (like the ballad) and demonstrated that genres are inherently mutable. https://www.redbub ble.com/shop/ancie nt+mariner+stickers https://www.businessintelligenceinfo.com/humor/z enpencils-ozymandias-by-percy-bysshe-shelley
  5. Contemporary Controversies Contemporary critics continue to recognize the adaptability of

    genres, and they frequently note that genres are somewhat arbitrary designations that are necessarily shaped by the criteria critics use to define them. Just as the status of Pluto can shift based on the criteria astronomers use to define a planet (and the astronomical evidence that those observers choose to take into account when they apply that criteria), so the genre of a work of art can change when a critic employs a different generic definition or assesses alternate literary elements in the classification process. https://www.reddit.com/r/memes/comments/6slems/pluto_the_planet/
  6. Crazy, right? This may seem a bit overwhelming now, but,

    remember, controversies and shifts do not make generic designations meaningless: they merely signal the fact that genres are consensually defined and subject to periodic redefinition. http://www.ronlewhorn.com/store/mugatu-crazy-pills
  7. Varieties of genres* https://carouselcakechic.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/cupcake-grid-photo2.jpg *Varieties are not mutually exclusive. The

    following list merely illustrates the primary of criteria used in generic definition.
  8. The new “tradition” Focusing on the ways that the same

    words and phrases, depending on their literal context, physical positioning on the page, and/or placement within the logical structure of the work, can convey different rhythms, meters, syntax, and meaning, critics tend to break literary artifacts into the “basics” of fiction (cited as either the novel or the short story), non-fiction, poetry, and drama. In contemporary discussions, all other genres refer back to these basic forms in name (the sentimental novel, mystery play, concrete poetry) and/or definition (lyrics, odes, and sonnets are, by their very nature, poems). http://yukoart.com/w ork/the-unwritten- 1/?work_subject=dc- comics
  9. Genres defined via form Some generic classifications are based solely

    on objective features inherent in the form of writing, such as the sonnet being a poem of 14 lines that may or may not conform to a particular rhyme scheme. To give another obvious example, epistolary novels are fictions composed of written artifacts (usually letters, but also court reports, newspaper articles, pamphlets, diary entries, emails, blogs, etc.) strategically ordered to convey a storyline. Operas are dramatic productions that convey information solely through musical means. “What’s Opera, Doc?” https://www.syfy.com/syfy wire/in-celebration-of- bugs-bunnys-gender- bending-performance-in- whats-opera-doc
  10. Genres defined via content Some genres are defined primarily through

    content. A poem is considered a pastoral if it focuses on tales of peasants and rustic life. Novels are bildungsromans if they narrate the development (or “coming of age”) of their protagonists. A ghost story requires a ghost, even if the spectre is eventually explained away, and magical realism has to include supernatural events that are neither remarked upon nor explained within the otherwise verisimilar narrative. Glen Brogan’s “Anatomy of a Grimace” https://www.grubgra de.com/2010/food- news/the-anatomy- of-grimace/
  11. Genres defined via theme Most genres can convey a variety

    of themes. Select genres, though, are bound to convey a particular message or idea. Theatre of absurd is “absurd” because its existential plots convey the fact that life is meaningless (in a philosophical sense). Satire uses pointed humor to highlight foibles and errors that the writer wishes to see improved or corrected once the object of the satire recognizes said foibles and errors as ridiculous. (And if you’re fortunate, you might run into some absurdist satire—if so, prepare to drink Baileys out of a shoe!) “Need a Paining Buddy” by Paperbeastscissors <ahref="https://paintingvalley. om/old-gregg-painting">Old Gregg Painting</a>
  12. Genres defined via affect Certain genres are defined primarily by

    the effect that they have on their audiences. Comedy has a long and varied history, and many different definitions, but most contemporary examples of the form are dependent on the reader’s (or viewer’s) reaction. “Comedies” literally do not achieve comedic status if the audience does not find them funny. The same could be said of works of horror, which should, by their very definition, “thick man’s blood with cold.” Interestingly enough, realism does not exist without the consent of the reader either. https://www.pngwin g.com/en/free-png- zktip
  13. What Maisie Knew And now you will too Maisie P.

    Morrison, cleaning her toe beans on the deck
  14. Genre can be a disparaging term Technically, all genres offer

    a description of literature that could be used as a model or guide. Critics, though, tend to differentiate between the notation of familial likenesses in works of literature (the classification of art through genres), and “genre writing,” or writing that is typified by a slavish devotion to a set formula (usually of popular fiction, such as the thriller, mystery, romance, horror story, or western). One describes the literary; the other denotes a lack of the literary. Tom Gauld cartoon https://br.pinterest.com/pin/81627811968658206/
  15. Remember to mix and match No creative work exists in

    one and only one genre. Complex works, especially those of fiction, can fit into a host of genres. Frankenstein, for example, is an epistolary novel that can be considered a bildungsroman, Gothic tale, horror story, and/or founding text of science fiction, depending on the evidence a critic isolates. Granted, to be considered part of a genre, literary works have to prominently display major traits (Midnight’s Children is not a cookbook because it contains a recipe), but many texts can and do display the major traits of a variety of literary “types.” “Franken Berry” by Justin Gammon https://inspiration.desi gn/posts/641668- franken-berry
  16. Don’t be a lazy egg. Trouble yourself with genre in

    all its variety in kind. You’ll be glad you did! Guadetama https://weheartit.co m/entry/179410401