Genre set

The "full range of the kind of texts" that one person uses to fill out one side of a "multiple person interaction." (Bazerman, 1994, p. 98).


Bazerman, C. (1994). Systems of genres and the enactment of social intentions. In A. Freedman & P. Medway (Eds.), Genre and the new rhetoric. London: Taylor & Francis. 79-101.


The genre set was originally applied to the tax accountant's system of genres that interact to accomplish the work of a tax department (Devitt, 1991).

Other Notable Uses: 

Spinuzzi, C. (2004). Four ways to investigate assemblages of texts: Genre sets, systems, repertoires, and ecologies. ACM SIGDOC 2004: Proceedings of the 22nd Annual International Conference on Computer Documentation. New York: ACM,110-116. 

Original Use: 

A set composed of a "community's situations, its recurring activities and relationships" that achieves the work of the community. It "not only reflects…situations; it may also help to define and stabilize those situations" (p. 340).  

Devitt, A. J. (1991). Intertextuality in tax accounting: Generic, referential, and functional. In C. Bazerman & J. Paradis (Eds.), Textual dynamics of the professions: Historical and contemporary studies of writing in professional communities. Madison, WI: UM Press

Contributed by: 

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

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