Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Mixed Genre (aka Multi-Genre) Works

In yesterday’s class, I mentioned that the “Sirens” episode of Ulysses reminded me of a proto-mixed-genre work, after which I realized that was an unfamiliar term to several people. I went looking on the web today for sites that might better explain what I meant by that. I wasn’t able to find exactly what I was looking for, since some people seem to call the type of work “mixed genre” and some “multi-genre.” I came across many online syllabi and course descriptions for writing courses that use mixed genre but not a lot of good descriptions or examples.

I’ve listed a few links below, for those who are interested, to at least get a flavor of what I was referring to. If I can figure out a way to get the mixed genre piece I wrote translated from Windows to Mac (and if I can find the disk), I will try to load that on here as well.

This website contains a manuscript of a mixed genre piece that is not as varied as some as I have seen but should give you an indication of what one can look like:

This site is much higher on the technology curve, utilizing advanced web techniques and visual rhetoric. It is also a bit explicit (matching, actually, fairly well with where we are in Ulysses). So be forewarned: This site is not for children:

This link will take you to a journal article describing a professor’s efforts to implement a multi-genre research paper (the page is a bit long but may also be of pedagogical interest as well):

Along the pedagogical track again, here is a “How-to” guide for putting together a multi-genre paper. It also includes a reference to one of my favorite compositionists of all time, Donald Murray:


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