Questions tagged [genre]

For questions about genres as they relate to literature. Note that questions asking for the genre of a work are off-topic.

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What is steampunk?

I've long been confused about what exactly comprises the steampunk genre. Of course I realise that genres aren't usually things for which one can pin down exact definitions, but I don't even have a ...
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Why are Dwarfs almost always technologically advanced compared to other races?

In almost every fantasy world Dwarfs are almost always shown to have superior technology compared to other races. Why is that?
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What is the difference between a philosophical novel and a novel of ideas?

Wikipedia calls the novel of ideas a subgenre of philosophical fiction, without defining the first term. The Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory (2010) uses the terms "novel of ideas" and "...
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Were the Just William stories written for adults or children?

Just William is an enduring series of stories about an errant schoolboy from a solidly upper-middle class family in Edwardian England. Due to their subject and humorous nature they are typically ...
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How is 'flash fiction' a distinctive genre?

"Flash Fiction" is an umbrella term used to describe any fictional work of extreme brevity, including the Six-Word Story, 140-character stories (also known as 'twitterature'), the dribble (50 words), ...
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How is Hamlet different from a conventional Elizabethan revenge play?

It is well known that Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy established the genre of revenge tragedy in Elizabethan drama. The play contains many elements such as the appearance of a ghost, a play within ...
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Is there an east bloc analogue to Tom Clancy? [closed]

Tom Clancy wrote many speculative works on confrontation between the blocs during the Cold War, most notably the "Cold War gone hot" scenario Red Storm Rising, together with Larry Bond. I'm ...
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Where did Camus define "the novel as the place where the human being is abandoned to other human beings"?

Albert Camus once defined the novel as the place where the human being is abandoned to other human beings. The plague novel is the place where all human beings abandon all other human beings. Unlike ...
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What would a biography on an animal be called?

If biography means: an account of someone's life written by someone else. biographies as a branch of literature. a human life in its course. What would a biography based on a particular animal be ...
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What is the distinction between literature and genre? Is such a distinction useful?

On the inside jacket of my copy of His Master's Voice, there is a short biographical blurb about the author, Stanislaw Lem. The blurb contains the following sentence: Originally trained in medicine,...
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What are genres? Are they a useful concept?

We all have an intuitive idea of what a genre is. Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery... these are all examples of genres. But this intuitive understanding doesn't seem to easily translate into coherent ...
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What is the "uncanny" element of Gothic Literature?

In Wikipedia, the "uncanny" is defined as the psychological experience of something as strangely familiar, rather than simply mysterious. It may describe incidents where a familiar thing or event ...
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Did medieval romances develop into modern romances?

I'm reading Arthurian texts and I know that it's considered a romance, but there is there such a big difference between modern romance, love stories, and medieval romances, which can be tales of ...
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Does 'literary fiction' neccessarily have to be reality-based, or can it have fantastical themes/elements?

There seems to be a great deal of ambiguity or confusion regarding the definition of ‘literary fiction’. Particularly, it is never really made clear to me whether literary fiction can also be ...
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What is trauma literature?

I recently stumbled upon the term "trauma literature". However, I am having a hard time figuring out what it actually refers to. There is almost no piece of literature that does not contain ...
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For the purposes of being eligible for a Nebula award, what counts as "science fiction, fantasy, or a related fiction genre"?

I was looking at the rules for the Nebula awards. It turns out that the rules governing the award specifically state that a work has to belong to "the genres of science fiction, fantasy, or a ...
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How does "How Nnedi Got Her Curved Spine" meet the definition of creative nonfiction?

The short story "How Nnedi Got Her Curved Spine" by Nnedi Okorafor details a story about a woman named Nnedi, who, while in the woods, was taken in by intelligent baboons and taught their first ...
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Is there a term for stories that act to teach the reader (not the characters) a lesson without the use fantastical elements?

Is there a term for stories that act to teach the reader (not the characters) a lesson without the use fantastical elements? For example, take a Raymond Carver short story. His characters are often ...
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What's the distinction between a narrative and an essay?

During a recent symposium a speaker stated that "Thomas Kuhn's book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions was not a narrative, it was an essay". In searching online there are discussions of ...
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"Literary theory": Genre or field?

I vaguely remember learning that "literary theory," according to some, is theory through which society and other artificial constructs are analyzed as though works of literature or art. I recall ...
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What genre did Arthur Hailey's works belong to?

I'm trying to find fiction works where the world of a story is an organization of certain kind (an airport, a bank, an automobile factory etc.). The most prominent writer in this genre is Arthur ...
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Name for genre of stories where the characters are narrative-aware

I've come across several fantasy books and stories where the characters recognize a divine/supernatural force in their world which often referred to as "the narrative" or "the story". In such stories, ...
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What is the UDC number for uchronia?

What number should uchronia, ie fiction concerning a 'hypothetical or fictional time period of our world, in contrast to altogether-fictional lands or worlds' (Wikipedia), have in the Universal ...
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Who was the first author of humorous ghost stories?

Although Pliny the Younger is regarded as the first author of a ghost story, I think these stories underwent a 360-degree turn during 19th century when Charles Dickens or Oscar Wilde started writing ...
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Is Harry Potter a coming of age story?

When talking about the coming of age genre a friend of mine mentioned Harry Potter as an example. I found myself incapable of sharing this idea since not only I do not think that the core of the plot ...
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Etymology of "iamb", as a genre and a type of metre

An excellent verbose answer says that: Etymologically, the word iambos is related to the Greek word for cripple, with the short syllable representing the lame leg and the long the strong one. ...
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Can all forms of drama be categorised under the four types 'tragedy', 'comedy', 'tragicomedy' and 'melodrama'?

What are the different forms of drama? On searching for the same query on the internet, I found multiple articles that called Comedy, Tragedy, Tragicomedy and Melodrama as the major forms but, there ...
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What is the genre after post-apocalypse?

So a lot of stories happen after a great big disaster. The cold war heated up, environmental change finally hit an abrupt point of no return, plants or the dead walk and hunt, that kind of stuff. The ...
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Democratizing original occult texts

Search engine results for occult libraries tend to have mostly commercial interests at play (vendors of trinkets and spell books and the like). Another issue I've run into is the genre tends to get ...
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What other recognized detective story categories are there beyond the "locked room mystery"? [closed]

I'm an avid reader of cozy detective fiction (C. Auguste Dupin, Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown, &c.) and noticed naturally that certain categories exist (or that's the notion I have) even within ...
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How are old horror short stories classified?

When I was young, I had a few books with compiled horror, mystery or macabre short stories. I want to go back and read some of these short stories, and was able to find a few. I was able to find many ...
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Do genre(s) of literature exist which take advantage of the Zeigarnik Effect?

It is probable that humans remember unfinished/incomplete tasks better than completed tasks. I am wondering if there is a genre/style of literature which takes advantage of this to boost the ...
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Why would "Bareface" be mistaken for a Western?

From the Wikipedia page on C.S. Lewis's Till We Have Faces: C. S. Lewis originally titled his working manuscripts "Bareface". The editor (Gibb) rejected the title "Bareface" on ...
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How does Mérimée's Carmen mix the genres classical tragedy, romantic drama and picaresque novel?

Prosper Mérimée's novella Carmen (1845/1847) is best known as the source for George Bizet's opera Carmen (1875). The French Wikipedia article about the novella contains the following unsourced ...