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Witty and accessible, Popular Culture Genres is a fascinating study of genres and genre criticism. Author Arthur Asa Berger empowers readers to make their own analysis by providing the methods and examples of good criticism. Part I deals with genres from a critical perspective, asking questions such as: How do the conventions of different genres affect the creation and production of texts and the audiences of those texts? Do certain genres have significant social and political implications? And, how do genres evolve? Part II takes a look at five “classic” popular texts (in both their novel and film versions). Viewing these works in the context of their respective genres is not only instructive in nature but captivating reading as well.

On the Structure of Genres
On the structure of genres
On the Nature of Genres

There is a considerable amount of controversy among literary and communication scholars about what a genre is and what importance genres have in the scheme of things. For our purposes I equate a genre with a kind or type of radio program, television program, or film and not with forms such as comedy, tragedy, or epic (which is the way many literary scholars have dealt with genres). An examination of the television listings in any newspaper will reveal a large number of programs that can be subsumed under a much smaller number of genres.

The most important television genres are: commercials, news shows, documentaries, situation comedies, soap operas, talk shows, interview shows, science ...

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