Genre on the Mind

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Is the wiring of our brains related to how we write as individuals? Joyce Dyer thinks so.

One student in the summer group said she could retain nothing of the substance of her dreams, but only their sensations. What a dream smelled like or tasted like was all that was left to her… [She was], not surprisingly, a poet. She drifted toward sensation and imagery in an almost inevitable way.

Dyer wonders if these hints may be more simple than what an in-depth study of our minds can offer us. Is it not possible that a better understanding of our own minds could lead us to think of genres in a completely different way?

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Abigail Bereola is a writer and the Books Editor for The Rumpus. On Twitter, @sherarelytweets. More from this author →