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According to Irvin Peckham of Louisiana State University, Moffett’s Theory of information processing breaks genre into several categories “in which the information comes from observation, to those from memory (observations processed by time), to those from interviews (replays, so to speak, of others’ memories), to those from other’s research (based on others’ observations, interviews, memories, and research)”1. These levels of genre roughly translate into three distinct categories: memory, interview, and research. In addition, there is a fourth category which accounts for most of literature: imagination. This new breakdown of genre forms a continuum of relative objectivity, moving from the internal generation of subjective realities to the external synthesis of ostensible, discernable realities: imagination, memory, interview, and research.

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