How can we recognize genre? How are genres created? How are genre connected to language?i hope to get the answers from u...thnks!!!
Now that is a great question and it is also a complicated one. The first obvious step is to have an understanding that there is something called genre. The second step is to familiarize yourself with the various options that are out there in a given time period. I add “time period,” because there may be different genres at different times and places. For instance, if your field is in New Testament studies, then you should be aware that a piece of writing could be: historical, epistolary, apocalyptic and biographic. Now one can determine whether a piece of writing will fall into one of these genres by understanding what are the marks or features of each genre. The more marks or features a particular writing has in common with that genre, the more one can be sure about issues of genre. This is no easy task, but an essential one, because knowing the genre will give the proper reading posture or lens by which to read the literature at hand. Perhaps the best place to start is to read a book on genre in a given time period. I am sure plenty of these will exist. Finally, there will be cases where scholars will dispute the genre of certain texts. If you find yourself in this situation, just make sure you have a few good reasons why you prefer one genre and not another.