Genre Analysis Steven T. Varela Department of English University of Texas at El Paso
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Genre AnalysisSteven T. VarelaDepartment of EnglishUniversity of Texas at El Paso
GenreGenre is a category used to classify discourse usually by form, technique, or content.
Genre changes discourse by the format the information is presentedthe information is shaped by the genre.
What are some common genres?
Some Examples of GenresOral: Public speaking, podcast, radio show/program, class lecture, interviews
Typography: books/textbooks, magazines, newspapers, websites, primary source documents (diaries, essays, etc), memorandums, laws/policy, editorials, instruction sets, transcribed interviews
Iconography: webcast, video, media, posters, cartoons/comics, photography, instruction sets, interviews through media
Genre Analysis AssignmentFull assignment sheet found in Additional Materials Chapters 6-10 in CDA.
Choose one subject/topic, and analyze how two different genres present/discuss that topichow is the discourse different depending on what the genre is?
Example #1: The Immigration Debateviewer created media on Current TV
Example #2Western Union Telegram
Other Typography: Interview Article
PhotographyVectors of attention: arrangements in photographs (what our eyes are drawn to)
Framing: what is included in the photo and what is not
Cropping: what is cut to provide focus and emphasis
Example #3Baths on the Border
Vectors of Attention
Example #4Poster (pg. 342 in CDA)
How racism can be covered up by rhetoric
.org -- Ethos?
Oral DiscourseGeorge Lopezon immigration
Stand up comedy as genre