GEK1049: Tutorial 8, Genres of Narrative
NT, Chapter 9: Genre
(sections 1-6 only; Chapter 8: The Schema, is
Wars Episodes IV–VI: Genre (Sparknotes)
Genres (Brooklyn College)
are the main types of stories and narratives? by Steve Denning
of Prose Fiction (Univ of Freiburg)
Genre 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
- 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 begin?
- How does it end?
- Are there variations in the genre's ending
- Is the ending predictable?
- Is the setting natural or supernatural?
- 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
- What kind of events can be found in this
- What is the usual time span of a narrative
in this genre?
- Are certain events connected to certain
- What is the typical plot for this genre?
- Are the cause and effect relations usually
clear in this genre? Are there a lot of physical actions?
- Are there usually elements of suspense and
surprise for plots in this genre, and where can they usually
- Are chance and coincidence important in
- Who or what is the voice that tells the
- 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 genre?
- 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 genre.