A Few (Skeptical) Notes on the Theoretical Ramifications of Genres in the Contemporary Public Space

Lodz Papers in Pragmatics 11 (1):3-17 (2015)
  Copy   BIBTEX


This paper is a tentative attempt to identify some basic-level conceptual and theoretical problems underlying the mainstream genre theory, which adversely affect the analysis of rapidly evolving, complex and hybrid genres in the modern communicative space. Having discussed these problems, I go on to I argue that the space of contemporary public communication should be viewed as not only an “analytic problem”, but also/rather a domain whose explorations could potentially revise the existing principles of genre theory. In particular, I suggest such explorations should focus on the conception of genres as abstractions, activators and realizers of context, flexible macrostructures, social field entities, assigners of interpersonal roles. Notwithstanding a possible advancement of genre theory resulting from this approach, I conclude that it is only a first and admittedly uncertain step in trying to establish a sound theoretical framework for communicative genres in the modern discourse space.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 76,363

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Genre specificity of political discourse.E. Yu Aleshina - 2016 - Liberal Arts in Russia 5 (3):293-301.
Events, Speech Genres and Stories.Peter Michalovic - 2011 - Filozofia 66 (7):634-643.
Genre formatting in periodic printed media of Russia.A. A. Tertytchny - 2013 - Liberal Arts in Russia 2 (2):117--130.
Competencias del género.Paolo Bagni - 1998 - Anuario Filosófico 31 (61):409-430.
Academic writing, genres and philosophy.Michael A. Peters - 2008 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 40 (7):819-831.
Analysing narrative genres.Paul Cobley - 2001 - Sign Systems Studies 29 (2):479-502.
Public space.James Mensch - 2007 - Continental Philosophy Review 40 (1):31-47.
II—Genre, Interpretation and Evaluation.Catharine Abell - 2015 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 115 (1pt1):25-40.


Added to PP

7 (#1,045,094)

6 months
1 (#451,398)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references