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Upon completion of this subject, the student should be able to:
- Apply knowledge of the textual, social, and industrial dimensions of twenty-first century book culture to the study of popular texts and genres
- Construct and support scholarly arguments appropriate to the study of popular genres through: the critical analysis of selected novels; selection, evaluation, and comparison of secondary sources
- Develop and communicate ideas through: collaboration and discussion with peers; formal academic writing
- Popular Fiction Studies: Key Concepts and Methods
- Publishing Romance: So Many Books
- Writing Romance: So Many Happy Endings
- Tagging Romance: So Many Subgenres and Series
- Reading Thrillers: James Bond
- Watching Thrillers: Jack Reacher
- Marketing Thrillers: Girl ...
- Building Storyworlds: Middle Earth
- Writing Fanfiction: Harry Potter
- Adapting Fantasy: A Game of Thrones
25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty
No additional requirements
This subject offers students the opportunity to think critically about some of the most popular texts in Western culture. What makes a bestseller? What are the defining features of major popular genres and how have they changed over time? What roles do genre texts play in contemporary culture? To address these questions, students in this subject will examine a variety of popular genres and sub-genres that may range from now canonical fantasy novels to the latest trends in paranormal romance, from classic tales of treasure islands and lost worlds to mind-bending adventures in alternative realities.
The assessment tasks in this subject focus on:
- Developing effective study skills for generating persuasive arguments in English studies
- Conducting research in order to develop and strengthen arguments
- Refining communication skills through discussion with peers and formal academic writing
- Reading journal (30%)
- Tutorial Participation (10%)
- Research Essay (50%)
- Reflective Statements (10%)