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Form Criticism - Genus Litterarium
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Part of Form Criticism:

1. Form Criticism

2. Genus Litterarium

1. Definition. The problem of the genus litterarium of a writing is not confined to biblical exegesis. In French literature, for example, in the 17th and 18th centuries, the theory of the genres littéraires and of the distinctions between them occupied an important place. In this context lyrical, dramatic, epic, comic and tragic genres were spoken of. The “classicists” attempted to lay down exact rules, against which the “romanticists” protested. Today an attempt is being made to reach back beyo…

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Stanislas Lyonnet, “Form Criticism - Genus Litterarium”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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