English Extension Crime & Genre Summary


Extension 1 English

Genre- Crime Fiction

C.F. Definition- an imagined text that involves a crime.

Genre definitions

Category or Pigeonhole based on:
    ▪ Plot/Content
    ▪ Form
    ▪ Key Characteristics

Crime Fiction is a genre with sub genres:
                            -     Thriller
                            -     Spy
                            -     American Hard Boiled
                            - Forensic
                            - Drawing Room British “Cosy School”
                            - The Whodunit & The Golden Age Whodunit
                            - Spoofs and parodies
                            - Police procedurals
                            - Psycho suspense novel
                      Modern Forerunners:
                            - Ghost stories
                            - Horror stories
                            - Revenge stories
Genre Quotes:

Recent critical interest in genre has focused on the role that “generic assumptions have played both in shaping the work that an author composes, and in establishing expectations that alter the way that a reader will interpret and respond to a particular work” (Abrams, 1998: 77)

“A genre is ultimately an abstract conception rather than something that exists empirically in the world” (Jane Feuer, 1992: 144, cited in Candler, 1997: 1)

“Genre cannot be treated in isolation from social realities, nor are they separate from the people who use them. They are not neutral categories.” (Kerry-Anne O’Sullivan, Macquarie University 2000)

“Genre is a very lose kind of unity, and it’s constituent elements travel into many places, carrying often the crucial echo of a character type, performance style, visual mode, aspect of tone, or whatever…” (Lasuer 1996: 2)

“Genre, a French term, in literary criticism denotes a type species of literature, or as we now call it, a “literary form”. The genre into which literary works have been...