And… Before the beginning… there was… the knife?! or the man?!…

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Only after the first book of death … is that it was possible to consider ‘seriously’ about the gender.
Still putting more wood for the fire, to which each gender there can be a sub-genre, which appears and relates with other simultaneously, making each piece unique.

Which brings us therefore to clarify the basic concept: GENDER, which it should expect and where this is.
This way progressing to understand the wide and complex relationships between genres, sub-genres, but also with time the authors and their principles.

Gender …

‘Genres may be determined by literary technique, tone, content, or even (as in the case of fiction) length. The distinctions between genres and categories are flexible and loosely defined, often with subgroups.
[…]
The most general genres in literature are (in loose chronological order) epic, tragedy,[1] comedy, and creative nonfiction.
[…]
Genre should not be confused with age categories, by which literature may be classified as either adult, young-adult, or children’s.
[…]
Genres are often divided into subgenres. Literature, is divided into the classic three forms of Ancient Greece, poetry, drama, and prose. Poetry may then be subdivided into the genres of lyric, epic, and dramatic. The lyric includes all the shorter forms of poetry, e.g., song, ode, ballad, elegy, sonnet.[2] Dramatic poetry might include comedy, tragedy, melodrama, and mixtures like tragicomedy.
[…]
Often, the criteria used to divide up works into genres are not consistent, and may change constantly, and be subject of argument, change and challenge by both authors and critics. However, even a very loose term like fiction (“literature created from the imagination, not presented as fact, though it may be based on a true story or situation”) is not universally applied to all fictitious literature, but instead is typically restricted to the use for novel, short story, and novella, but not fables, and is also usually a prose text. Types of fiction genres are science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, realistic fiction and mysteries.’

Notes…

1.  Bakhtin 1983, p. 3

2.  a b c “Genres”, A Guide to the Study of Literature: A Companion Text for Core Studies 6, Landmarks of Literature, English Department, Brooklyn College (http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/melani/cs6/genres.html)

References…

. Bakhtin, Mikhail M. (1983). “Epic and Novel” (http://books.google.com/books? id=JKZztxqdIpgC&lpg=PR9&pg=PA3#v=onepage&q&f=false). In Holquist, Michael. The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays. Austin: University of Texas Press. ISBN 0-292-71527-7.

. Derrida, Jacques; Ronell, Avital (Autumn 1980). “On Narrative: The Law of Genre” (http://www.mission17.org/documents/Derrida_LawOfGenre.pdf). Critical Inquiry (The University of Chicago Press) 7 (1): 55–81. doi:10.1086/448088 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1086%2F448088).

.      Dorst, John D. (Oct–Dec 1983). “Neck-Riddle as a Dialogue off Genres: Applying Bakhtin’s Genre Theory”. Journal of American Folklore 96 (382): 413–433. JSTOR 540982 (https://www.jstor.org/stable/540982).

.      Retrieved from “http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Literary_genre&oldid=634341719

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