The temporality of genre
in Novel horizons
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This chapter offers a historical survey of genre criticism that addresses the debate during antiquity, the early modern age, and twentieth-century developments. The tension between Romanticist notions of individuality and structuralist concerns over form are made visible. The chapter closes by pointing to reader response theories as an area that productively shaped thinking about genre. A closing section derives from Bakthin and Derrida a temporal approach to genre criticism that sees in textual corpora or archives anticipatory elements of future genre developments.

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