GEK1049: Tutorial 8, Genres of Narrative
NT, Chapter 9:
Genre (sections 1-6 only; Chapter 8: The Schema,
is also useful).
Wars Episodes IV–VI: Genre (Sparknotes)
Genres (Brooklyn College)
are the main types of stories and narratives? by Steve
of Prose Fiction (Univ of Freiburg)
and the Video Game by Mark J. P. Wolf, Chapter 6 of The
Medium of the Video Game (2002)
- Discuss the particularities of a narrative genre that you are
familiar with, and explain how the narrative features are
similar to or different from that of other genres, or of related
genres. The genre you choose may be selected from a wide range:
- Animated cartoons,
- The comic strip,
- Super-hero movies or comic books,
- The spy thriller (whether in novel
form or as a movie),
- Teenage romance,
- Fairy tales,
- In your discussion of any of the above
genres, you may want to draw attention to some features of
narrative which may be specific to the genre, such as:
- Beginning and end
- How does narrative in the genre
- How does it end?
- Are there variations in the
genre's ending and beginning?
- Is the ending predictable?
- Is the setting natural or
- If it is natural, are there
supernatural happenings or events?
- Does the setting predetermine how
the narrative will develop?
- What are the features of the main
- Who are the heroes?
- Who are the villains?
- What do the heroes achieve at the
end of the narrative?
- What kind of events can be found
in this genre?
- What is the usual time span of a
narrative in this genre?
- Are certain events connected to
- What is the typical plot for this
- Are the cause and effect relations
usually clear in this genre? Are there a lot of
- Are there usually elements of
suspense and surprise for plots in this genre, and
where can they usually be found?
- Are chance and coincidence
important in this genre?
- Who or what is the voice that
tells the story?
- Does the story 'tell itself'
without someone telling it for us?
- From whose perspective is the
story usually told? Is this factor relevant for the
- It may be of interest for you to discuss
an excellent web page
made by a former student of this module. It discusses
characterisation in animé, but it
is of relevance to genre as well, as some of the ways the
characters are constructed may be particular to, or help to
define, animé as a narrative