About GXB

Genre is a idea that crosses disciplinary, national, methodological, conceptual, and pedagogical borders. The purpose of Genre across Borders (GXB) is to advance genre theory and research by helping scholars and students cross these borders. The site combines two primary functions:

  • As a reference guide to scholarship in the many fields of genre study
  • As a networking portal for scholars and teachers

GXB aims to offer a comprehensive overview of the multiple strands of genre scholarship and their relationships, in order to catalyze intellectual exchange and pedagogical innovation and to help us understand the processes and motivations of genre development, evolution, and circulation.

GXB now features translations of research introductions on our Research page. Contact us to contribute a translation. You may also select an interface display language on your Profile page.

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Sample Bibliography

[1002] Wells, S. (2003).  Freud's Rat Man and the Case Study: Genre in Three Keys. New Literary History. 34, 353–366.
[611] Basso, K. (1974).  The ethnography of writing. (Bauman, R., & Sherzer J., Ed.).Explorations in the ethnography of speaking. 425–432.

Glossary Sample

A literary or cultural theme that is repeated. Also, rhetorically, a word or phrase that is used figuratively or metphorically


User Spotlight

Name: Geoffrey Sauer
Institution: Iowa State University
Department/Program Affiliation: Rhetoric and Professional Communication
Education: Ph.D., English, Carnegie Mellon University, 1998
Status: Associate Professor. Director, ISU Studio for New Media. Director, EServer.org
Twitter: geoffsauer
Biography: I teach courses about new media in workplace and technical communication, including courses in web design, content management systems, nonlinear video editing, film theory, social media, and usability. My research focuses on the history of publishing, both from theoretical perspectives (using both cultural and rhetorical theory) and in pragmatics (typography, offset printing, online document management, new media, genre studies). I am the director of both the ISU Studio for New Media and the electronic publishing project EServer.org.

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