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Book: Genre Relations

Chapter: Histories

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.22041


This chapter presents a family of event-oriented genres that have evolved to construct and maintain social order on the wider scale of peoples and their institutions, that is historical genres. It begins with biographical genres, which are closely related to the personal recounts from Chapter 2, and further explores history genres which manage time, cause and value in complementary ways, to recount historical episodes and to explain the reasons they occurred, from one or more angles. It finally examines genres that explicitly argue for or against interpretations of history.

Chapter Contributors

  • JR Martin ( - book-auth-148) 'University of Sydney'
  • David Rose ( - book-auth-149) 'University of Sydney'