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The concept of genre is scrutinized as a semantic phenomenon, and it is argued that the concept of genre must be defined according to a pragmatic semantic, not a realistic. Genres are not logical classes. The analytic practice is then connected to this way of defining the concepts: it is governed by how the culture using the concept understands the word. An analysis of a letter of Mme de Sévigné demonsrates how this analysis works, and two kinds of mediation by the genre are found: it mediates between language' s grammatic level and its pragmatic, and between text and society.


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  • General Literature Studies


Translated title of the contributionGenre
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiterature
Subtitle of host publicationAn Introduction to theory and analysis
EditorsMads Rosendahl Thomsen, Lasse Horne Kjældgaard , Lis Møller , Lilian Munk Rösing, Peter Simonsen, Dan Ringgaard
Place of PublicationLondon, Oxford, New York
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781474271998, 9781474271981
ISBN (Print)9781474271974, 9781474271967
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Publication categoryResearch