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Friendly Genres

Lorraine Schein, Staff, Editorial Services – Communications Department

In addition to thinking about how we write with or to friends, it is interesting to think about the various literary genres, and how some of them have merged in our time to become “friendlier” to one another. The ancient Greeks and other cultures did not have a firm separation as we do today between narrative and poetry - realistic writing as we do. Today literary forms that were once considered distinct in our culture are merging and creating new hybrids, such as prose-poems, flash fiction, and the personal essay. Poetry can be seen as the wallflower at the genre party, but by making friends with prose, the more popular girl, its social status has gone up and it gets invited to many more events, and even gets a date to the prom. It became popular enough to be prom queen when it ...

Dear Progeny,

Andrew Statum, Writing Fellow and Doctoral Candidate, English

Dear Progeny, The other day, my mother (your grandmother) came into my room (well, technically, as of this writing, it’s no longer “my” room, but serves as a guest room in the empty nest of my parents’ [so your grandparents’] roost) – she came with a small manila envelope and a handful of letters and 
envelopes and various folded papers bound together in twine into the guest room in which I happened to be lounging. She sat down on the edge of the bed and said they were letters, preserved over the years by her aunt (your great-great aunt) Peg, from my grandfather (so your great-grandfather) to various relations of his, mostly to his wife and mother (so if I have this right, that’d be your great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, respectively?). She said I could have them if I wanted. She herself ...

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