Literary genre – historically and culturally developed typology (not to be confused with “typification”) of works, carried out within genera and species, respectively literary, according to a complex system of formal and substantive features. In General, genre as a category is inherent in the typology of almost any art, and not only artistic literary studies. Since the literary genre is almost the most detailed stage in typology, it is complex and ambiguous. In view of the latter, some researchers do not distinguish it from the literary type (see the article), identifying them; however, this is a misconception, which is clear from the practical application of genre characteristics. The latter consists in clarifying the content and / or formal part of the work, for example, gender: epic, type: novel, genre: adventurous novel, or gender: drama, type: Comedy, genre: sitcom. For example, it is easy to understand that such clarification is useful and necessary. for example, fiction and historical novels differ not only in form, but also in content elements.
As it is easy to see, typology by genre is carried out within the type, and the consolidation of typology and mixing of literary genre and type in it is a statement of the grouping of published works by editors, since they prefer to publish books in series. Accordingly, authors Willy-nilly try to write or, at least, optimize and define their works for these series. A series, for example, a fantasy action movie or a mystery Thriller, which are essentially the same literary genres, are necessary for the convenience of the reader-buyer, who is guided among the bookshelves, even if they are virtual, and is not necessarily a literary scholar. Few literary scholars know about such subtleties and dependencies, since they are not published authors, but only researchers.
Based on what has been said, a literary genre can be defined as a service tool for clarifying the structure of the content and the corresponding chosen form in determining them; for example, a story in a small form can be structured in different ways (content) and presented in the same way (form). The same event can be served differently, if a form is obvious, that already justifies the existence of the genre, and the content of the course, so how something can be silent, the focus here is pure epic turns into a lyric-epic work. This, I hope, is clear. A literary genre is a detailed expression of the specificity of the relationship between content and form, which creates such a multiple variety at this stage of typology, due to the reluctance and inability of authors to remain within the specified framework. The latter is confirmed by the fact that experienced, if I may say academically interesting authors and their works, of course, have a pronounced influence of their style on the literary genre in which they primarily write. I will not name specific names, the sagacious reader will cope with this himself, and if so, then he understood the essence of the concept of literary genre.