A genre that is defined by its cultural and historical usage, whose features and definition are formulated from the observation of preexisting literary knowledge (Feuer, 1987). The opposite of a theoretical genre. Note: Not to be confused with the genre of the "historical novel," in which a work of fiction is set in a historical time and place and/or features historical events as the main subject.
Feuer, J. (1987). Genre study and television. In R. Allen (Ed.), Channels of Discourse: Television and Contemporary Criticism. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 113-133.
Film and television genres are said to be historical genres.
Emerging Genres class, N.C. State University, Spring 2010