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Popular Literature


A tentative outline of the course and some of the texts to be studied is given below. Changes are liable to be made, depending on the teaching situation.


Theory of and Background to Popular Literature

A Study of Texts Representing Specific Genres within the General Label of ‘Popular Literature’

Texts/Authors (Subject to Change)


Marie Corelli, The Sorrows of Satan, Or, The Strange Experience of One, Geoffrey Tempest, Millionaire (1895; rpt. ed. Peter Keating, Oxford and New York: Oxford World’s Classics, 1998).

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Detective Fiction)

H. G. Wells (Science Fiction)

Ian Fleming (Spy Fiction)

J. K. Rowling (Children’s Fiction)

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