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Bennett (1987) stresses the importance of a number of discursive practices that operate on readers before, and simultaneous with, the texts which make up the discursive sphere, ordering the relations between texts in a definite way such that a text is never a ‘text-in-itself ’ but always a ‘text-to-be-read’. One of the ways in which a reading formation might be interrogated more closely is through signs that more obviously pertain to specific generic texts. This can embrace both ‘below-the-line’ and ‘above-the-line’ signs.

Later critical writings of Horace, Scaliger, Sidney and Pope among others, however, tend to codify and systematise classical and neoclassical notions of genre. The developmental, fluid, changing, even combatative sense of genres once found in the work of Plato and Aristotle unfortunately became lost to the reification and conservation of classical genres as templates for later, neoclassical ideals of literary practice. Genre Theory 29 In ‘Shakespeare and the Kinds of Drama’, for instance, Stephen Orgel (1979) charts the ways in which Julius Scaliger’s and Philip Sidney’s fairly rigid allegiances to neoclassical categorisation of Renaissance literary genres handicap affective and cultural valuation of Shakespeare’s early modern dramatic hybridisation of ‘tragedy’ and ‘comedy’.

So, of course, generic innovation is the first casualty of ideological-structural studies of genre. Yet, so too, concomitantly, is the understanding of capitalism as an object. In fact, ideological-structural analyses of genre can almost be forgiven for positing capitalism as a thing. To be sure, capitalism is dominated by material and by objects, including the brute realities of exploitation, poverty, wealth and wars to secure these latter. qrk 15/11/05 9:09 am Page 47 extent to which ‘late’ capitalism is a mutable phenomenon and, in seeking to maintain itself, can flexibly respond to people’s desires and identities.

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