International Reception Studies
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Chapter 5. Genre Stereotypes
177 Chapter 5 Genre Stereotypes Stereotypes of the Identification of Genre: The Knight in the Panther's Skin Maka Elbakidze (Georgia) According to the theory of genre, classification of a literary work by genre is to be realized on the basis of some essential principles. In the first place, the genetic di- vision of a text (epic, drama, or lyric) is to take place within the frames of so- called ‘aesthetic tonality’ (the comic, tragic, elegiac), size (romance, novel, short- story etc), structural composition (e.g. sonnet, rondo, triolet), theme (e.g. psycho- logical, adventure novel), and historical-national principles (folk epic, heroic poem). Thus, any genre must be considered as a concrete unity of the peculiarities of a form which implies specificity from the viewpoint of composition, the system of images and the artistic language or rhythm (although, at the same time, the in- dividuality of a specific text, which depends on both the concrete historical epoch and the author, should be taken into account). Statement of a Question While considering the genre of Veprkhistkaosani, we are confronted with a so-called “historically formed” stereotype: actually all researchers, going back to the first editor of Rustaveli’s literary work, King Vakhtang the VI-th, base them- selves on the view set forth by Rustaveli in stanza 17 of the prologue: “Those are not called poets who cannot compose a long work” (Vepkhistkaosani 1966: 23)- which can be considered a kind of final conclusion of the theory of poetry (Shai- roba), along with the views expressed...
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