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Genre Analysis. Steven T. Varela Department of English University of Texas at El Paso. Genre. Genre is a category used to classify discourse usually by form, technique, or content. Genre changes discourse by the format the information is presented—the information is shaped by the genre.

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genre analysis

Genre Analysis

Steven T. Varela

Department of English

University of Texas at El Paso

genre
Genre
  • Genre is a category used to classify discourse usually by form, technique, or content.
  • Genre changes discourse by the format the information is presented—the information is shaped by the genre.
  • What are some common genres?
some examples of genres
Some Examples of Genres

Oral: Public speaking, podcast, radio show/program, class lecture, interviews

Typography: books/textbooks, magazines, newspapers, websites, primary source documents (diaries, essays, etc), memorandums, laws/policy, editorials, instruction sets, transcribed interviews

Iconography: webcast, video, media, posters, cartoons/comics, photography, instruction sets, interviews through media

genre analysis assignment
Genre Analysis Assignment
  • Full assignment sheet found in “Additional Materials” –Chapters 6-10 in CDA.
  • Choose one subject/topic, and analyze how two different genres present/discuss that topic—how is the discourse different depending on what the genre is?
photography
Photography
  • Vectors of attention: arrangements in photographs (what our eyes are drawn to)
  • Framing: what is included in the photo and what is not
  • Cropping: what is cut to provide focus and emphasis
website
Website
  • Anti-Immigration Group—www.fairsu.org
  • How racism can be covered up by rhetoric
  • Domain name
  • .org -- Ethos?
oral discourse
Oral Discourse
  • George Lopez—on immigration
  • Stand up comedy as genre
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