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Hi Maristella,

I feel ashamed to say that I didn’t know about the LC list of genres - everything from Dystopian Comics to Filmed stand-up comedy routines. Wonderful. That is a great resource to point people to. 

cheers
Jane



> On 26 Apr 2017, at 15:11, Feustle, Maristella <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> This is an excellent point, and definitely part of a larger, ongoing issue as evidenced by the development of the Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms (LCGFT). It can be a challenge in some cases to draw a distinction between intellectual content, format (e.g., a dissertation, or a novel), and particular manifestation. 
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> I'd be interested to hear how other international libraries have approached this issue, but the LCGFTs demonstrate that it's been a head-scratcher for quite a while. It will be interesting to see how future iterations of EAD respond to developments elsewhere in the field.
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> Maristella Feustle
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> Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 3:29:19 AM
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> Subject: [EXTERNAL] Genre and Form
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> HI there,
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> i’ve never been quite clear about the <genreform> tag. 
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> 
> The EAD2002 and EAD3 guide says:
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> "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.”
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> 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’. 
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> It just doesn’t seem like these are the same thing and I’ve never understood why they are put together. 
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> 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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> cheers,
> Jane
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