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LITERARY GENRES TZVETAN TODOROV The problem of genres has been discussed so often, and is today so complex, that when dealing with them one must choose between writing a book and presenting a general theoretical overview. The present paper represents the latter solution. First of all, we must eliminate one problem which is raised by the superficial identification of genres with the names of genres. As we all know, some genres have names, sometimes very popular ones, such as tragedy, comedy, sonnet, etc. But it is obvious that if we want to use the concept

Rethinking Literary Genre Theory: From a Chinese Perspective® Li Yuping Nankai University, Tianjin, China Abstract; Literary genre theory is one of the basic issues in the fields of literary theory and semiotic studies. This paper investigates literary genre theory through analyzing many data of ancient Chinese literary criticism, and provides a critical insight of literary genre. Literary genre essentially refers to the textual kind of literary production and consumption in a conventionalized communicative setting in order to express the original