From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

A cross-genre (or hybrid genre) is a genre that blends themes and elements from two or more different genres.

Hybrid genres are not new but a longstanding element in the fictional process: perhaps the most famous example is William Blake's Marriage of Heaven and Hell, with its blend of poetry, prose, and engravings.[1] In contemporary literature Dimitris Lyacos's trilogy Poena Damni (Z213: Exit, With the people from the bridge, The First Death) combines fictional prose with drama and poetry in a multilayered narrative developing through the different characters of the work.[2]

Generic discontinuities[edit]

Fredric Jameson has highlighted the progressive elements in Third World Literature that defies genre expectations such as Xala; and in science fiction like The Left Hand of Darkness with its exploration of gender roles.[3]

Dean Koontz considers himself a cross-genre writer, not a horror writer: “I write cross-genre books-suspense mixed with love story, with humor, sometimes with two tablespoons of science fiction, sometimes with a pinch of horror, sometimes with a sprinkle of paprika...”[4]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ M. Singer/W. Walker, Bending Genre (2013) p. 21-2
  2. ^ "Reviews: Z213: Exit by Dimitris Lyacos | Write From Wrong Literary Magazine". 2011-03-14. Retrieved 2015-11-07.
  3. ^ M. Hardt/K. Weekes eds., The Jameson Reader (2000) p. 334 and p. 368
  4. ^ Koontz, Dean. "Afterword", Lightning, G.P. Putnam's Sons hardcover edition, January 1988. Berkley Publishing Group, mass market edition, May 1989. p. 360

Further reading[edit]

Diane P. Freedman, An Alchemy of Genres (1997)