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Genre Matters

Essays in Theory and Criticism

This collection of new essays addresses a topic of established and expanding critical interest throughout the humanities. It demonstrates that genre matters in a manner not constrained by disciplinary boundaries and includes new work on Genre Theory and applications of thinking about genre from Aristotle to Derrida and beyond. The essays focus on economies of expectation and competency, genre as media form, recent developments in television broadcast genres, translation and genericity, the role played by genre in film publicity, gender and genre, genre in fiction, and the problematics of classification. An introductory essay places the contributions in the context of a wide range of thinking about genre in the arts, media and humanities. The volume will be of interest to both undergraduates and postgraduates, especially those following courses on Genre Theory and Genre Criticism, and to academics working in a range of subject areas such as Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Media Studies and Literary Studies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Genre Matters in Theory and Criticism
Garin Dowd
I.Re-framing Genre Theory
Genre Theory: Cultural and Historical Motives Engendering Literary Genre
Brian G Caraher
Objectivity and Immanence in Genre Theory
Paul Cobley
The Genericity of Montage: Derrida and Genre Theory
Jeff Collins
II. Genre in Adaptation and Translation
Ohio Impromptu, Genre and Beckett on Film
Garin Dowd 
Translating Genre
Susan Bassnett
Tess, Jude and the Problem of Adapting Hardy
Jeremy Strong
III. Genre in Television Broadcasting and Film Publicity
‘Mixing and Matching’: The Hybridising Impulse in Today’s Factual Television Programming
Richard Kilborn
 ‘So What Kind of Film is it?’: Genre, Publicity and Critical Practice
Mike Chopra-Gant
IV. Genre, Gender and Fiction
Three Faces of Ruth Rendell: Feminism, Popular Fiction, and the Question of Genre
Margaret Russett
The Historical Novel?: Novel, History and the ‘End of History’
Martin Ryle
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