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Genre Studies: Transforming/Challenging Generic Boundaries (Edited Volume)

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Event: Edited Volume
Categories: Postcolonial, American, Hispanic & Latino, Comparative, Interdisciplinary, British, Lingustics, Genre & Form, Popular Culture, Literary Theory, Women's Studies, World Literatures, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Medieval, Early Modern & Renaissance, Long 18th Century, Romantics, Victorian, 20th & 21st Century, Adventure & Travel Writing, Children's Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Poetry, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature
Event Date: 2018-12-22 to 2018-12-22 Abstract Due: 2018-11-17

Genre Studies: Transforming/Challenging Generic Boundaries

A growing theoretical interest in genres is emerging in culture, history and literature. Indeed ancient, modern and postmodern notions of genres are intertwined and transformed into novel genres. Biographies, autobiographies and coming-of age stories are blurred into one composite. Storytelling acquires a testimonial dimension in the guise of Freud’s talking cure. Fiction and history are blurred into historical fiction about ancient and modern time periods. The historical novelist and the cultural materialist produce one text challenging the generic boundaries of fiction, non-fiction, literature and culture. Such transformations highlight the peculiarity of generic instability of genres as well as constructing genres as hybrid and various. “A new genre” asserts Tvetzan Todorov “is always the transformation of one or several old genres: by inversion, by displacement, by combination”1. Consequently literary genres evolve and are “ reborn and renewed at every stage in the development of literature (...)This constitutes the life of the genre (...) A genre lives in the present, but always remembers its past, its beginning. Genre is representative of creative memory in the process of literary development”2. Literary genres therefore possess a life of their own. Thus this project aims to clarify the status of contemporary genres and genre studies yet it does not target a historical, typological or epistemological approaches to genres. It rather deals with transformations of traditional genres and sub-genres as caused by challenges imposed by novel studies. We seek to provoke an interdisciplinary study of genre that encompasses a theoretical, diachronic, synchronic and social analysis. Scholars and researchers can cover, but are not limited to the following themes:
History of genre
Aesthetics of Genre
Globalization and literary genre

Theory of genre
Genre analysis
Fuctional Systemic Approach to Genre

Genre pedagogies
Genres: Varities/peculiarities

Genre and ESP

Genre: Norms/Exception

Sociology of Genre

Memory and Genre

Genre: readers, writers, users

Genre vs content

Travel literature and genre

Articles should be sent to: blurredgenre@gmail.com

Important dates:
Proposal submission deadline: November 17th, 2018

Full paper submission deadline: December 22nd, 2018

blurredgenre@gmail.com

Dr. ghaba