Genres

"Classifications are empirical, not logical. They are historical assumptions constructed by authors, audiences, and critics in order to serve communicative and aesthetic purposes." - Ralph Cohen, "History and Genre" "Genres fill a need for which no adequate alternative method exists." - Michael McKeon, The Origins of the English Novel

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Nerd-dom I seem to have steered my entire Genre in Theory and Practice seminar into reading Watchmen (and watching the film, giant blue penis and all). I hope they don’t think I’m some weirdo who only reads ultra-violent, quasi-right-wing comic books. And therein lies a lot of what I like thinking about when I think about Watchmen and other graphic novels – how we create hierarchies of literature,...

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Juicy Gossip D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover : [O]ne may hear the most private affairs of other people, but only in a spirit of respect for the struggling, battered thing which any human soul is, and in a spirit of fine, discriminative sympathy. For even satire is a form of sympathy. It is the way our sympathy flows and recoils that really determines our lives. And here lies...

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A new direction For the past year or so, I’ve been struggling with a clichéd but still profound question: what to do with my life. When I was in college this wasn’t an issue; I was sure (well, let’s put it at 85%) that I wanted to be a journalist, and I doggedly pursued a strategy of applying (and applying and applying…) for internships at newspapers, getting my...

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