(On)conventioneel lezen | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 22, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1384-5829
  • E-ISSN: 2352-118X



In this paper, I want to present an approach to read complex novels: genre-reading. Adopting this new approach, a genre and its conventions are used as a frame in order to guide the reader’s interpretation process. This procedure is illustrated with the example of the Dutch novel by Willem Brakman (1997), which is read from the perspective of the genre conventions of the 18th-century imaginary travel story. To conclude the article, the proposed reading process is generalized by using a different genre (the naturalist novel) as a frame to analyze Brakman’s novel.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): Brakman; frames; genre; imaginary travel; imaginary voyage; reader
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