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In “Invasion of the Genre Snatchers” (Poets & Writers Magazine, page 12) Kevin Nance discusses how some literary authors have incorporated elements of genre writing into their works. How do you define literary writing versus genre writing? Is one more inherently valuable as a form than the other? Why or why not?

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In “The Art of Reading Andre Dubus” (Poets & Writers Magazine, page 21), Joshua Bodwell includes this quote from the famed fiction writer Dubus: “If there were no sin, there wouldn’t be art.” Do you agree with Dubus’s claim? Is literature driven by actions and ideas of good and evil?

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