After Genre

Michael Gardiner

in From Trocchi to Trainspotting

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780748622320
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653393 | DOI:
After Genre

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This chapter imagines a situation in which Scotland is not dependent on genres at all, the separation and seeing-knowing process of Enlightenment, and suggests that times when a ‘a batch of new’ novelists or poets arises may not be such a cause for celebration as is typically thought. It notes instead that Scotland can help inaugurate an entirely genre-free way of looking at literature, where a text's ‘literariness’ inheres in the effects it has, rather than how saleable it is.

Keywords: Scotland; genres; Enlightenment; novelists; poets; literature

Chapter.  8476 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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