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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the historical development of concepts of popular fiction.
- Articulate links between literary texts and their cultural contexts.
- Exhibit skills in close textual analysis.
- Communicate arguments about literature, culture and aesthetic ideas in oral and written forms whilst engaging with other points of view.
- Deploy research skills in order to support arguments about literary texts.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:one of
Pre-requisite: 130cp at 1000 level or above NCCW (2020 and onwards): ENGX3030 Popular Fiction
No additional requirements
Apart from being hugely entertaining, what does being popular mean? Cultural perceptions of what makes literature fiction popular, rather than elite, serious or academic, constantly shift in response to changing historical circumstances. This unit looks at a wide variety of popular novels and short stories from different genres and different historical periods: Gothic novels, crime and detective fiction, romance,romance and fantasy.popular women's fiction, and fantasy and science fiction. This unit will explore how such texts differ from and challenge their "respectable"“respectable” counterparts, and consider issues of production, reception, audience engagement,engagement and fandom.
- Participatory Task 1: Weeks 1-7 (10%)
- Participatory task 2: Weeks 8-12 (10%)
- Case study/analysis (35%)
- Research Essay (45%)
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