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What is Genre?

on Thursday, 28 April 2011. Posted in Student Notes

NOTES PREPARED BY ADRIANNA YEDIDSON

“What is Genre?” provides a basic explanation of how genres are used for all media forms (including television, radio, film, written fiction, theater, journalism, and music) to group things into categories based on conventions, features, and norms.

 

Genre is a French word meaning ‘type’ or ‘kind’ that essentially functions to group texts together according to their similar character types, setting, iconography, narrative, and style. Genres provide a more simple way of saying, “this is the kind of thing that happens in this kind of text” (1). They allow the spectator to discriminate between different kinds of texts, such as comedies, melodramas, tragedies, thrillers, musicals, sitcoms, the news, and soaps. Quite often, whole TV channels are marketed to specific audiences according to genre, such as sports (ESPN), the news (CNN), music videos (MTV), and entertainment (E!). By classifying a text based on its attributes, genres form audience expectations.

What is Genre?

on Thursday, 28 April 2011. Posted in Student Notes

NOTES PREPARED BY KURT BROTSCHI

Genre plays an important role in the study of literature, theatre, film, television, and other art and media forms, allowing for particular mediums to be classified under well-known or customary groups of categorization. In English-speaking countries, genre was applied to the literary works of the nineteenth century, a product of an industrialized subsidization of popular works of literature in order to provide an impersonal, formulaic, and mass-produced property easily distinguishable from individualized art. The determination of genre is based primarily on viewer/audience recognition of generic norms, features and conventions seen in conventional media. Audience participation and acknowledgment is inherent to the nature of generic determination, as viewers provide either an active or passive sense of expectation concerning the substance of a desired film/program, therefore allowing for differing degrees of generic preference. In addition, the intertextual relays of media institutions play a key role in generating generic expectations, as well as providing labels and names for genres centered around a basis for grouping films, television programs, and other works of text together. However, a point of divergence can be made concerning the determination of genre, as it can be argued that institutions and their terms only provide a starting point for constructing corpuses, and that the identification and definition of a genre's principal features determines it's established grouping.