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What is Genre?

What is Genre?

Essays

Part 5 of The Genre of Silence, an essay. A genre is a set of conventions. A convention is, by its nature, subjective and something that is agreed upon. What we consider genres are patterns that have been calibrated. We know that a poem does certain things. A poem is poetic. But is prose poetic? […]

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Barthes

Barthes

Essays

Part 7 of The Genre of Silence, an essay. Roland Barthes wrote one of the essential books on the significance of photographs: The Camera Lucida, which provides some simple and yet useful concepts for understanding not just how a photograph talks to us, but how we hear this communication, and finally the trickier relationship of […]

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The Woods

The Woods

Essays

Part 8 of The Genre of Silence, an essay. If the creator were to bestow a new set of senses upon us . . . we would never doubt that we were in another world. — John Muir No one was able to capture the moment when my father pin-wheeled and died. That instance was […]

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