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Genre Essay Examples

The detective genre

During the era of Queen Victoria, when flickering gas lamps lit the squalid streets casting an eerie shadow, a soon to be well known compilation of stories belonging to Detective genre were being published. They were the first of their kind, and were created by Arthur Conan Doyle. His stories became so well known, that… View Article

An analysis of the Detective Genre

During the time period that Doyle wrote his stories Britain had a growing empire covering two fifths of the world. This growth in empire led to a huge fascination for the exotic. British people believed that they were the most civilised people in the world, hence they saw new cultures as uncivilised suspicious and strange…. View Article

The effects of war and technology on the apocalyptic genre

The apocalyptic genre centers on theme of prediction of disaster or warning of havoc in future, involving widespread destruction and devastation. Global warming can be a good example of apocalyptic scenario. In fact man is afraid of himself and more so what he has created. War is a disaster of man’s actions that has always… View Article

Genre Discussion

The art of writing mixes in varying elements in order to create atmosphere, suspense or the climax of the work. Suffice it to say that the following stories discussed in this essay are the culmination of sex, alienation and melancholy brought on by the characters and the events surrounding those protagonists. This essay will seek… View Article

Melodrama in British Cinema

In studying melodrama as a genre we can note that this term has a link to cinematic “realism”. The term realism is used by many writers as a basis to which other cinematic forms can be compared or contrasted. This also includes melodrama. Moreover, what may constitute realism is somewhat recognizably associated to its historical… View Article

Analysis of the Poem “Variations on the Word Love”

The writer of the poem Margaret Atwood was born in November 18, 1939 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She is not only a poet, but also a novelist, a literary critic, an essayist and an environmental activist. And she is an excellent writer, a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and Prince of Asturias award for Literature…. View Article

Romantic Themes Used By William Wordsworth

Romantic literature, like other genres, shares similar literary elements that unify a certain style of poetry. William Wordsworth, a Romantic poet, used images of nature along with themes of idealism expressed with emotion in his poetry. These elements that Wordsworth used were very typical of other Romantic work’s themes and images. Without Wordsworth’s use of… View Article

The Norton Anthology Sylvia Plath

Imagery is the essence of all forms of poetry. It is what brings a poem to life it is the key to releasing all the emotions in us. Imagery develops a deeper meaning to the poem and its major themes. Plath uses a lot of images in her poem which reflect her feelings and help… View Article

Philippines Literature

The diversity and richness of Philippine literature evolved side by side with the country’s history. Long before the Spaniards and other foreigners landed or set foot on Philippine shores, our forefathers already had their own literature stamped in the history of our race. Our ancient literature shows our customs and traditions in everyday life as… View Article

Segment idea’s for school brodcast

1) The segment would be interviewing people on their favorite movie. The segment is trying to show the different genres of movies people like. I would accomplish this by interviewing 10 people. I would put the segment together by interviewing the 10 people; do an introduction, and putting cool music in the background. This would… View Article

Reaction Paper on “Matilda”

“If you’re not having fun, you’re not learning”, this quote is taken form the movie “Matilda”. This is very meaningful to me because it is placed in the classroom of Miss Honey and it contradicts the school’s ambience of not being a conducive place (or even a fun place) learn. This of course is reinforced… View Article

Genre Analysis Essay

Genre Analysis preliminary draft due 2/3/10 at 1:30 pm.

Genre Analysis final draft due 2/17/10 1:30 p.m.

To deepen our understanding of discourse community concepts, we will analyze both traditional and multimedia documents as genres.  A genre is a form of communication such as a book, a billboard, or a blog. When we conduct a genre analysis, then, we are looking at the forms of two different texts within or across discourse communities.  The purposes of this assignment are to help you understand the importance of genre and discourse community knowledge to writers. Additionally, this assignment will reinforce your understanding of the ways writing differs among genres and allow you to strengthen your skills in writing in the genre of a textual analysis.


Compose:  Locate and photocopy (or print, save, link, or scan) two types of genres on the same issue or topic.  Consider our discussion on the concept of genre, how to recognize different genres, and the features that differentiate one genre from another. You should begin the process by creating a matrix that shows the differences and similarities through the four areas of genre analysis: rhetorical issues, content, structure, and style/language as a way to formulate/outline the content in the body of the essay.  


Design: As you begin, read about different genres such as posters, documentary photography, instruction sets, editorial and opinion pieces, essays, and comics in Section 3, pages 315-509 in your textbook: Compose, Design, Advocate. Carefully choose two different genres about the same subject matter for your genre analysis essay. 


Address the following areas, and use evidence from the genres to support your discussion, and maintain third person voice throughout:



·        Start with a brief discussion of the subject/topic that the two genres are focusing on.  Include the title of each piece, the genre type, and the author or company name of each in the introduction. 

·        State the thesis, either implied or stated, in each genre.  Your thesis, which goes in the last paragraph, is the synthesis of the two genres.  


Audience and Purpose Questions: 

·        Who is the intended audience for each genre?

·        What discourse community (or communities) is this audience in?

·        What is the audience likely to know? Want to know? Why?

·        How much time will this audience want to spend with the information presented in the genres?

·        What is the purpose of the information presented in the genres? (inform, persuade, entertain)



Rhetorical Issues: Ethos, Pathos and Logos:

·        How does each genre help to establish the information's credibility?  Is it effective?

·        How does each genre help to evoke an emotional response from the audience?  Which emotions?  Why?

·        What types of evidence are used to support the claims of the information in the genres? Is it appropriate? Why or why not? 



·        How is the information shaped by the genre (s)? (Consider the limitations/freedoms of space, time, layout, audience, and so on.)

·        How are the genres organized to convey its message?

·        How does the structure facilitate the purpose of the information in the genre(s)? 



·        How formal/informal is the language?

·        What specialized vocabulary is used?

·        What other language features do you notice?



·        Which genre was more effective in conveying its message?  Why?

·        Offer a final comment on the impact of genres on discourse.  


Product Testing:  You will receive comments on drafts through peer review, the Writing Center, the evaluators, and/or your instructor.  


Advocate: Submit a 4-6 page essay in which you analyze and compare two genres on the same subject/topic.  Maintain third person voice throughout. 


**Choose your genres carefully—poor choices will lead to an insufficient genre analysis.**


Submit both a rough draft and the final draft as well as copies of both genres (can be a link) to the submission area in Blackboard.  Save your paper using your last name, and the word, "genre,” and “draft” or “final” depending on the version of the paper you are submitting.


 ·        Use 12 pt. font, Times New Roman, Arial, or Georgia style, double space, and use appropriate voice/tone for an analysis essay.   

·        Provide a Reference page and use in-text citation when referring to specific passages or examples of each genre. 

·        Use third person voice.  

Key Elements Checklist:

ü       Choose two distinct genres.

ü       Provide evidence from the genres to answer all questions.

ü       Provide a conclusion that synthesizes your analysis.

ü       Keep the essay in third person voice.


*Rubrics are subject to minor changes. Students will be notified if changes occur.



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