Moments and Metagenres: Coordinating Complex, Multigenre Narratives

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Abstract

Professional and technical communication increasingly involves developing narratives that traverse multiple genres, media formats, and publishing venues. In marketing and advertising, brand stories unfold across Web sites, ad campaigns, and social media properties. A fundamental challenge in such work is multigenre coordination, leading to a key question: How do professionals manage complex ecologies of genres, media content, and interactions in ways that build and sustain narrative coherence and audience engagement? Reporting findings from a study of transmedia writers, this article argues that metageneric texts may emerge as important coordinative resources for planning, developing, and tracking uptakes within multigenre narratives. It thus contributes to professional and technical communication by describing a widening gap in scholarly approaches to metagenre; arguing for empirical examinations of metageneric constructs in tangible, flexible texts that serve situated needs in given activity systems; and demonstrating how such texts may emerge and play a formidable role in coordinating contemporary, multigenre narratives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-480
Number of pages38
JournalJournal of Business and Technical Communication
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017

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Keywords

  • WAGR
  • genre
  • intermediation
  • metagenre
  • narrative
  • transmedia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Communication
  • Business, Management and Accounting (all)

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