|Title||Genres as Species and Spaces: Literary and Rhetorical Genre in The Anatomy of Melancholy|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2014|
|Journal||Philosophy & Rhetoric|
|Keywords||epideictic, evolution, genre, literary genre, rhetorical genre, Satire, treatise|
Contemporary genre theory is dominated by metaphors of evolution and speciation; this article proposes alternate metaphors of spatiality and exchange. A spatial understanding of genre permits more productive interactions between literary and rhetorical genre theory. A reading of Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy as a multigenred text suggests some of the potentials of this approach.