Cécile Heim, Boris Vejdovsky, Benjamin Pickford

The Genres of Genre: Form, Formats, and Cultural Formations

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The 38th volume of SPELL is dedicated to the discussion and analysis of the concept of genre. Terms such as “the political unconscious” (Jameson), “cultural work” (Tompkins), “narrative mode” (Williams) and “performative” (Austin, Turner) have been centrally determining, over the years, to help us understand how genres work and what they do. This collection seeks to further explore what roles genre plays in past and contemporary American national narratives and counter-narratives. While the first three essays of the volume attempt to tackle the difficult task of defining genre and its affordances, the following three essays discuss specific genres, namely, the office novel, the political TV show, and science-fiction. Finally, the last three essays explore how genre can be a valuable concept for the analysis of larger issues, such as the representation of race in American cultural productions. This collection of essays therefore offers a variety of approaches to the literary device of genre, reflecting ongoing research in the Swiss community of American studies, in order to underline the productive potential of genre analysis.

1) Introduction
2) James Dorson (Freie Universität Berlin): “Unformed Forms: Genre Theory and the Trouble with Caroline Levine’s ‘Forms’”
3) Audrey Loetscher (Lausanne): “Taking Carbon Culture to Court: Civil Lawsuits as Political Manifestoes in US Climate Change Litigation”
4) Sixta Quassdorf (St Gallen): “‘I would prefer not to’: Routine and Agency in Office Fiction”
5) Bryan Banker (Munich): “‘The Modality in Which Class is ‘Lived’’: Literalizing Race and Class in ‘The Expanse’”
6) Olga Thierbach-McLean (Independent scholar): “A Familiar Otherness: The Trope of Asia in Cyberpunk Movies since the 1980s”
7) J. Jesse Ramírez (St Gallen): “Are Orcs Racist? Genre, Racecraft, and ‘Bright’”
8) Courtney Jacobs and Ronald Schleifer (University of Oklahoma, Norman): “Literary Genre and Affective Experience: Intergenerational Trauma in the Neo-Slave Narrative of Toni Morrison’s ‘Beloved’”
9) Notes on Contributors
10) Index of Names

Cécile Heim is a doctoral candidate in Gender studies and North American literature and culture.
Boris Vejdovsky, PhD, Maître d’enseignement et de recherche I (tenured Senior Lecturer)
Benjamin Pickford, PhD, Maître Assistant (Junior Lecturer, non-tenured)
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ISBN 978-3-8233-8327-7
EAN 9783823383277
Seiten 175
Format kartoniert
Ausgabename 18327
Verlag Gunter Narr Verlag
Erscheinungsdatum 14.10.2019
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