About GXB

Genre is a idea that crosses disciplinary, national, methodological, conceptual, and pedagogical borders. The purpose of Genre across Borders (GXB) is to advance genre theory and research by helping scholars and students cross these borders. The site combines two primary functions:

  • As a reference guide to scholarship in the many fields of genre study
  • As a networking portal for scholars and teachers

GXB aims to offer a comprehensive overview of the multiple strands of genre scholarship and their relationships, in order to catalyze intellectual exchange and pedagogical innovation and to help us understand the processes and motivations of genre development, evolution, and circulation.

GXB now features translations of research introductions on our Research page. Contact us to contribute a translation. You may also select an interface display language on your Profile page.

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Sample Bibliography

[1295] Tumas-Serna, J. (1992).  The "Nueva Canción" Movement and Its Mass-Mediated Performance Context. Latin American Music Review / Revista de Música Latinoamericana. 13(2), 139-157.
[1273] Nutt, D., & Railton D. (2010).  The Sims: Real Life as Genre. Information, Communication, and Society. 6(4), 577-592.

Glossary Sample

A literary or cultural theme that is repeated. Also, rhetorically, a word or phrase that is used figuratively or metphorically


User Spotlight

Name: Natalia (Natasha) Artemeva
Institution: Carleton University
Department/Program Affiliation: School of Linguistics and Language Studies
Education: PhD, Integrated Studies in Education (writing studies), McGill University, 2006
Status: Full Professor
Biography: My background combines degrees and professional experiences in metallurgical engineering, applied linguistics, discourse studies, and education. Overall, my research interests lie in the areas of Writing Studies (specifically, writing in academic disciplines and professions), non-literary Genre Studies (including forensic genres), and Multimodality. My research focus has been on the study of genres (different kinds) of writing, speaking, drawing, movement and so on in academic and professional contexts (in English as the first or additional language; considering English for Academic Purposes [EAP] and Language for Specific Purposes [LSP]). More specifically, I am interested in how people become proficient communicators and users of relevant genres in all areas of their lives. Over the years, my research has included studies in the area of school-to-work transition, investigating learning trajectories of undergraduate students moving through their university programs and further into the workplace in Engineering, Medicine, Mathematics, and other disciplines. Currently, I am engaged in a collaborative study that looks at how autistic university students in Canada and beyond learn academic genres. Another collaboration has included studies of the genre of the suicide note, writing by violent offenders, and police interviews with vulnerable populations. In 2012, I co-organized (with Drs. Jaffer Sheyholislami and Graham Smart) the international conference Genre 2012, which was funded by SSHRC and held at Carleton University. In the past, I served as Vice President and President of the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (CASDW) and organized its two annual conferences.

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