Genres in the Internet: Issues in the Theory of Genre

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Janet Giltrow, Dieter Stein
John Benjamins Publishing, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 294 pages
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This volume brings together for the first time pragmatic, rhetorical, and literary perspectives on genre, mapping theoretical frontiers and initiating a long overdue conversation amongst these methodologies. The diverse approaches represented in this volume meet on common ground staked by Internet communication: an arena challenging to traditional ideas of genre which assume a conventional stability at odds with the unceasing innovations of online discourse. Drawing on and developing new ideas of genre, the research reported in this volume shows, on the contrary, that genre study is a powerful means of testing commonplaces about the Internet world and, in turn, that the Internet is a fertile field for theorising genre.
 

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Big wow. Some solid analysis of genre and rhetoric here. If you want to know about some of your favourite Internet genres, then do read this book. The chapter I read was about homeless blogs. It didn't mention some that I have read, but you can't include everything!

Contents

Genres in the Internet
1
Refusing form in genre study
27
Lies at WalMart
49
Situating the public social actions of blog posts
85
Working consensus and the rhetorical situation
113
Brave new genre or generic colonialism?
143
Online multimedia case studies for professional education
163
Nation book medium
193
Critical genres
221
A model for describing new and old properties of CMC genres
239
Questions for genre theory from the blogosphere
263
Index
291
The Pragmatics Beyond New Series
295
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