Popular Literature Genres

Authored by: Barry Trott

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, Fourth Edition

Print publication date:  November  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781466552593
eBook ISBN: 9781315116143
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This entry defines the concept of “genre” in relation to popular reading. It then briefly reviews the eight traditional genre categories, discussing their forms, structures, history, major subgenres, and trends. The increasing interest in narrative nonfiction and its relation to genre is explored. Three emerging genres are then discussed as examples of new developments in the field. The topic of reading interests versus genre is examined, and cross-genre writing and genre separation are discussed.

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