1) Before having read Dirk’s essay, how would you have defined “genre” and what examples of “genre” could you offer? Did you ever think of genre as something useful?
2) After reading Dirk’s essay, how would you re-define “genre”? Could you work these words into your definition: situation, purpose, location?
3) Try creating a metaphor or a couple of metaphors to help explain genre. “Genre is a ________.” How is your metaphor a useful way to explain what genres do?