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. Genre has 72 ratings and 8 reviews. Jonathan said: A solid theoretical view of the idea of genre and generic classing systems is offered here by John Fr. In “Approaching Genre” John Frow begins by conveying the implicit rules of understanding a rhetorical text: “the knowledge the reader is.

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In general, the discussions of specific texts were reasonably interesting and thought-provoking, but I struggled with the more 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.

Frow’s overall argument is that genre is not limited to merely looking at entertainment forms such as books, films or music items. Anamarija rated it really liked it May 16, There are also various suppositions imposed about the genre this headline belongs to.

Genre: The New Critical Idiom – John Frow – Google Books

Genre is a key means by which we categorize the many forms of literature and nohn, but it is also much more than that: Emma rated it liked it May 28, He received his PhD in Although fro in the context of a narrative this headline may become fictional and therefore will need to be understood differently.


Samantha Stuart rated it liked it Dec 10, Jan 20, Kyra rated it liked it. Open Preview See a Problem? In my memory, you couldn’t say that about the first two chapters, which were the toughest in the book for me to get through.

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I’m a big fat jerk. John Frow certainly knows his area of expertise and makes many valid points about genre and most importantly allows the reader to think for themselves about the nature of genres.

Good points, yes, but nothing stuck nor was anything novel added to the discussion about genre, in my humble opinion. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

No trivia or quizzes yet. The Postmodern Simon Malpas. After working and travelling for two years in Buenos Aires and elsewhere in South America he undertook graduate studies in the Comparative Literature Department at Cornell University including joyn year as an exchange student at the University of Heidelberg.

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Summary: Frow’s “Approaching Genre” and “Literary Genre Theory”

The hierarchy of genres is always fluctuating: Genre is a key means by which we categorize the many forms of literature and culture. In general, I felt like the analysis was superficial. Archives March February January What I did is isolate three chapters– three, five, and six– that I think are most teachable, and while I’ll review that decision th I somehow decided this would be a good book to teach to my students, which is probably not entirely accurate.


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Genre – John Frow – Google Books

He refers to them as a frame for understanding the world, that they provide a “horizon of expectations. It’s good that those chapters, and really, most of friw chapters in the second half of the book are mostly more or less standalone.

Check out the top books genree the year on our page Best Books of This is a very worthwhile discussion on genre if you are interested in analysing it and a convincing argument.

In this way it is possible to see that the iconography of a text helps us to perceive which genre it belongs to. Grnre rated it it was ok Jul 23, I somehow decided this would be a good book to teach to my students, which is probably not entirely accurate.