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Subject details

  • Topics
    • What is genre?
    • Mixing genres
    • Transgressing/transgressive genres
    • Romance
    • Detective fiction
    • Gothic fiction and vampirism
    • Autobiography and the blog
    • Fan fiction
    • Avant-gardism
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

At the completion of this subject students have developed the following skills:

  1. Identify, analyse and evaluate key genre markers and discourse.
  2. Develop research and writing skills that will enable students to write genre pieces.
  3. Demonstrate critical skills, informed by cultural theories, that enable students to evaluate genre writing using appropriate academic frameworks.
  • Assignment 1 - Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Assignment 3 (50%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-CLT340
  • MAQ-CLT330

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as CLT340 Genre Writing.

Our experience of texts, whether it's the way we create them, read them, talk about them or shop for them, is mediated by the categories of genre. Genre distributes texts in hierarchies, labels our tastes and determines the identity of sub-cultural movements and peer groups. Both a map of classical learning and of the local book or video store, genre determines what we expect when we approach any text. Genre is thus simultaneously a taxonomy and a social contract, both classifying texts and defining the relationships that cluster round them.
In this subject, we study the theory of genre and some particular genres, from romance and detective fiction through to blogging and fan fiction, in order to link our relationship to genre as writers. 

In short: This is hands on exploration of genre writing, but also a chance for fans to play with creation, and creators to use theory to help understand their practice. There’s lots of opportunity for analysis, practice and questioning why writers do what they do, looking at the effect their cultural practice has on readers and other writers.

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