Genre definitions?

11:33 Mon 26 Jun 2006. Updated: 18:51 10 Aug 2006
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Some time ago I came across an essay online that contained a number of pithy definitions of fiction genres, addressing each in terms of what overriding question it was trying to answer. I liked the definitions, but now cannot remember any of them except the science-fiction one, which is sad because it’s the common one of “what does it mean to be human?”. I really want to find this again to see what the others were (detective fiction might have been “what does it mean to be just?”), and I can only remember that I liked the others and that I felt they were insightful and useful. If by bizarre chance anyone reading this knows that page or those definitions, please leave that information in a comment! Other comments on genre definitions are also welcome.

One Response to “Genre definitions?”

  1. Eoin Says:

    Unfortunately I dont know of the site you speak, but would love to see the other definitions. I did, however, come across this today and thought of you.

    Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others.
    – Edward Abbey

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