This course focuses on one or more genres of popular writing. Examples include detective fiction, science fiction, fan fiction, westerns, romance novels, fantasy, or non-fiction. Students engage popular texts through rigorous literary analysis to ponder how such ¿light entertainments¿ are inextricably linked to aesthetic, historical, and social circumstances. Possible topics include the relationship between popular literature and ¿the literary¿; the relationship between popular literatures and their historical or cultural contexts; the ideological work of genre fiction; the possibilities, limitations, and permeability of genres; as well as the politics of race, class, and/or gender in popular genres. Themes and texts vary by instructor; please see department website for current information.
Prerequisites: ENGL 220, one course from ENGL 221-239 strongly recommended.