What Do You Think Of? Adventure Non-Fiction Fiction Thriller Comedy Fantasy
Genre is a broad term… Thriller Adventure Political Romance Paranoid Comedy Fiction Mystery Drama Country Western Satire Historical Action Documentary Science Faction Crime HorrorFantasy Poetry Novels
From the Syllabus… Genre: Derived from the French word meaning type. Genres can be broad categories such as novels, drama or poetry, or they can be quite specific types such a the detective novel. The categories of genres are fluid and change depending on who is using them and the context in which they are being used.
Genre and Audience Establishes the target audience Genre leads to target audience which leads purpose which leads to your own personal response It all starts with the genre!
Genre and Personal Response Helps formulate your own opinion of a text Genre creates expectations of the text Can help position us to respond in a certain way
The Turning – Tim Winton Fiction anthology of short stories Entertaining and Engaging Characters not people Not a true story- however based on Winton’s childhood.
Pans Labyrinth (2006) – Directed by Guillermo Del Toro Complex genre- combination War = realistic/historical elements Ending = fairytale Violent scenes; Bashing and Amputation = horror Quest narrative = fantasy
True Grit (2010) – Directed byJoel and Ethan Coen Country/Western/Adventure film Music, costume and setting all reinforce our expectation for this genre. Female protagonist is unusual for the genre, able to discuss gender roles
Cinderella Ate My Daughter (2011) –Peggy Orenstein Non Fiction/Expository Purpose is to inform Use of facts, information, expert opinion, statistics etc to back up ideas. We are positioned to agree because it is understood that the information is accurate and often clinically presented.
No Sugar (1988) – Playwright:Jack Davis Stage Drama, based on historical events Faction (uses real life events for the bases of a fictional dramatisation) Greater degree of realism and emotional connection with audiences because of the reference to real life events (Billy’s emotive account of the massacre)
Bran Nue Dae (2009) – Directedby Rachel Perkins Genre: Musical/comedy Elements of Western Australian historical context- references the dislocation and oppression of Aboriginal people as a result of European colonialism in the night time dream sequence. (Could be seen as similar to the historical elements in No Sugar) Adapted from a stage musical
Food Inc – Robert Kenner Informative documentary Provides information whilst still being entertaining Constructed to evoke certain emotions from audiences- eg lingering shots on uncomfortable animals show the negative and cruel consequences of heavily doctored mechanicalized farming processes and invite an emotive response.
In The Exam…Sample Question: Reading Section “How has text 2 used genre to position you to respond to it’s ideas about _______”
How To Answer: Read the question and read text 2 Identify the genre and the conventions that support it Identify the big ideas Explore your personal response and how the genre positioned you to feel that way about it’s ideas
In Conclusion Genre is derived from the French word meaning ‘type’ There are many many different genres, some are broad (novel) some are specific (mystery) Genres have certain expectations which can provide an assumed audience Understanding genres can shape your own personal response as to whether or not you like a text Show and understanding of genre in the exam to show your depth of understanding of the texts