The Bloomsbury Introduction to Popular Fiction

Author(s): Christine Berberich

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Guiding readers through key writers and genres, historical contexts and major theoretical approaches, this is a comprehensive introduction to the study of popular fiction. Charting the rise of commercial fiction from the 19th century to today, The Bloomsbury Introduction to Popular Fiction includes introductory surveys, written by leading scholars, to a wide range of popular genres, including: Science Fiction Crime Writing Romance and Chick Lit Adventure Stories and Lad Lit Horror Graphic Novels Children's Literature Part II of the book also includes case-study readings of key writers and texts, from the work of HG Wells, Ian Fleming and Raymond Chandler to more recent books such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The book also includes a chapter covering "The Writer's Perspective" on popular publishing, while annotated guides to further reading and online resources throughout give students the tools they need to pursue independent study on their courses.


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Covering major genres from Crime to Chick-Lit, this is a comprehensive introduction to the study of popular fiction from the 19th-century to today.

Christine Berberich is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Portsmouth, UK. Her previous publications include The Image of the English Gentleman in Twentieth Century Literature (2007).

Acknowledgements Contributors' Details Christine Berberich, `Introduction: The Popular / Literature versus literature Part I: History I.i.: Christopher Pittard, `The Victorian Context: Serialization, Circulation, Genres' I.ii.: Christine Berberich, `Twentieth-Century Popular: History, Theory, and Context' Part II: Genres II.i.: Maryan Wherry, `More than a Love Story: The Complexities Of the Popular Romance' II.ii.: Alice Ferrebe, `"The Lads' Own Paper": Male Confessional Literature and the Legacy of Adventure II.iii.: Andy Sawyer, `Science Fiction: The Sense of Wonder' II.iv.: Stefania Ciocia, `Rules are Meant to Be Broken: Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Crime Writing' II.v.: Gina Wisker, `Disturbance, Disorder, Destruction, Disease: Horror Fiction Today' Lena Steveker, `Alternative Worlds: Popular Fiction (not only) for Children' II.vii.: Monica Germana, `The Coming of Age of Graphic Narratives' Part III: Case Studies III.i.: Ben Clarke, `H.G. Wells, Elitism, and Popular Fiction' III.ii.: Patrick Parrinder, `John Buchan and the Spy Thriller' III.iii.: Juan F. Elices, `Manipulating Popularity: A Case Study of Ian Fleming's James Bond Series III.iv.: Joanne Bishton, `Subverting the Romance: the Fiction of Sarah Waters' III.v.: Bran Nicol, `The Hard-Boiled Detective: Dashiell Hammett' Petra Rau, `Violent Pleasures: War as Entertainment' III.vii.: Neil Campbell, `Popular Vampires: The Twilight Effect' III.viii.: Ben Dew, `Rewriting Popular Classics as Popular Fiction: Jane Austen, Zombies, Sex and Vampires' III.ix.: Carl Tighe, `Edu-Biz: The Worlds of Learning and Writing - A Writer's Perspective' Christine Berberich, `Afterword: The Future of the Popular' Index

General Fields

  • : 9781441134318
  • : Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • : Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • : December 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Christine Berberich
  • : Paperback
  • : 344