The Old and New Conceptions of Genre: A Recipe for Writers

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Northern Kentucky University
English studies recognizes genre to classify literature and films based on its form and content. Previously, English scholars looked at the diction, syntax, tone, etc. that a text used; however, there’s an evolving system of rules that goes well beyond these formal elements. My project is a textbook chapter for undergraduate students and professors of English that presents new ways to teach genre. Specifically, it addresses how rhetorical and social situations need to be addressed before teaching genre as they improve student writing. I include activities and discussion questions to teach and facilitate the learning of rhetorical and social situations.
2020 Celebration of Student Research and Creativity presentation
Literary form study and teaching