Intrinsic genre

The genre classification upon which the author and the interpreter must agree in order to agree upon meaning, or, simply, the genre the author intended for a given work (Fowler, 1971).


Fowler, A. (1971). The life and death of literary forms. New Literary History 2(2), 199-216. 


From Fowler, The Faerie Queene, commonly cited as a triumphal form by readers and critics in concordance with Spenser. 

Original Use: 

Hirsch, E. D. (1967). Validity in interpretation. New Haven: Yale UP. 

Contributed by: 

Emerging Genres class, N.C. State University, Spring 2010

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