I think of it this way: genre is to word-things as form is to 3-D things
In other words, a picture can be oil, watercolor, charcoal, chalk, ink, etc.
A book or an audiotape can be interviews, memoir, fiction, sci fi, horror, etc.
If we had a collection of interviews on audiotape, we would give it both applicable terms:
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i’ve never been quite clear about the <genreform> tag.
The EAD2002 and EAD3 guide says:
"A term that identifies the types of material being described, by naming the style or technique of their intellectual content (genre); order of information or object function (form); and physical characteristics. Examples include: account books, architectural drawings, portraits, short stories, sound recordings, and videotapes.”
But genre is a style, like ‘gothic’ architecture or ‘romantic’ literature or ‘garage’ music. So, you might say the ‘form’ is a short story or a videotape, but the genre is ‘comedy’ or ‘documentary’.
It just doesn’t seem like these are the same thing and I’ve never understood why they are put together.
I just wondered if anyone has any thoughts on this. I’ve just never been able to convey it to our contributors in a way that makes sense to me because describing something as a ’short story’ seems very different from describing its style as, say, ‘romantic’ in terms of genre. I’ve never understood why we put these together.
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