Genres and more genres

Dean tells us that genres aren’t only about literary texts anymore, but that they go far beyond that. There’s a social aspect of genres that people often sometimes miss. Every day texts have more of a genre context than our literature in the classroom. There are many different forms of genres which consist of, social, rhetorical, dynamic, historical, cultural, situated and ideological.

The genre that speaks out to me most out of these seven is the social genre. In reading Deans observations of a social genre I understand that if you are to be applying for a certain area of work that requires research and knowledge on a current event of the world and you submit a poem then you may not be hired due to the fact that it is not what was asked in that specific “social genre.” Social genres are how you interact with people and certain things. I don’t quite understand that some social genres can build off of one another when they are to be their own genres.

Historical genres are when something new comes about, but how is that so if it’s a “historical” genre. Doesn’t that mean something in the past? So how can it be new? Historical genres are to rely on something that has already came about but what is that specific thing that it relies on? How do you draw the line for that? To me, cultural genres have the same sense of lead as historical genres do. All of the aspects that cultural genres give off are based on something previous but also have just a little something different about them that makes it a new genre.

Ideological is one of the genres that i most understand and can really use. This genre speaks out and informs what you know, how you know it, what you stand for and how you view it. It’s a typical genre of the world that I see people using every single day, even in our writing class. Dean states that “The workers’ dilemma indicates how participation in workplace genres situates writes in relations of power.” This confused me a bit. Is the wrong ideological genre being taught in schools? Is your teacher teaching their own ideological genre to prepare you for what they might think is the real world and the right way or the true curriculum of all schools ideological genre to prepare you for standardized testing.


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