The sense that a situation is similar to past or other situations. Recurrence is “intersubjective,” social, and immaterial (Miller 156). 


Miller, C.R. (1984). Genre as Social Action. Quarterly Journal of Speech. 70, 151-176. 


“It is through the process of typification that we create recurrence, analogies, similarities. What recurs is not a material situation (a real, objective, factual event) but our construal of a type” (Miller 157). 

Other Notable Uses: 

Bitzer, L.F. (1968). The Rhetorical Situation. Philosophy and Rhetoric. 1, 1-14. 

Devitt, A. (1993). Generalizing about Genre: New Conceptions of an Old Concept.” College Composition and Communication. 44, 573-586. 


Contributed by: 

Jessica Winck

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