Gregory Currie

in Arts and Minds

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780199256280
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601712 | DOI:

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Outlines a theory of genres: of what they are, what they do, and what they explain. The central notion is that of a genre‐for‐a‐community, which depends on psychological facts concerning tendencies of expectation in the audience. The minimal conditions for a genre to be instantiated are weak; Outlines some stronger conditions which allow us to focus on self‐conscious genre‐based effects. Suggests that genre, even thus strengthened, has only a very weak explanatory role. Gives accounts of genre identity across time, and of genre change.

Keywords: evolution; film; genre; literature; parallel distributive processing

Chapter.  8485 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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