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The Cambridge Companion to Popular Fiction

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David Glover, Scott McCracken, Nicholas Daly, John Caughie, Roger Luckhurst, Nicola Humble, Kaye Mitchell, Erin A. Smith, Fred Botting, Hilary Chute, Marianne Dekoven, Brenda Silver
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  • Date Published: May 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521734967

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  • Popular commercial fiction emerged in the nineteenth century, with serialized novels and sensational penny dreadfuls. Today it remains a multi-million dollar industry giving pleasure to many, but it is also a field of growing interest for scholars and students of literature. This Companion covers the major developments in the history of popular fiction, with specially commissioned chapters on pulp fiction, bestsellers, and comics and graphic narratives. The volume also examines the public and personal everyday contexts within which popular texts are read, highlighting the ways in which such narratives have circulated across a variety of constantly changing media, including theatre, television, cinema and new computer-based digital forms. Case studies from key genres – crime fiction, romance and Gothic horror – as well as a full chronology and guide to further reading make this collection indispensable to all those interested in this complex and vibrant cultural field.

    • Explains the long-term development of popular fiction up to the present day
    • Covers novels, comics, film and television adaptations and computer gaming
    • Aimed at students of literature, cultural history and media studies
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    'It is a subject which stretches back (and forward) in time, across cultures, media, readers or consumers and is constantly shifting, especially now in the light of rapidly developing technology. This is a thorough survey of the current state of academic study of this area … for academics and students it is an invaluable source and guide to a subject, or subjects, of wide social, cultural and academic application.' Stuart James, Reference Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521734967
    • length: 244 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction David Glover and Scott McCracken
    1. Publishing, history, genre David Glover
    2. Fiction, theatre, and early cinema Nicholas Daly
    3. Television and serial fictions John Caughie
    4. The public sphere, popular culture and the true meaning of the Zombie Apocalypse Roger Luckhurst
    5. The reader of popular fiction Nicola Humble
    6. Reading time: popular fiction and the everyday Scott McCracken
    7. Gender and sexuality in popular fiction Kaye Mitchell
    8. Pulp sensations Erin A. Smith
    9. Bestselling fiction: machinery, economy, excess Fred Botting
    10. Comic books and graphic novels Hilary Chute and Marianne Dekoven
    11. Popular fictions in the digital age Brenda Silver
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  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • British Fantasy Fiction
  • Editors

    David Glover, University of Southampton
    David Glover is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Southampton.

    Scott McCracken, Keele University
    Scott McCracken is Professor of English at Keele University.


    David Glover, Scott McCracken, Nicholas Daly, John Caughie, Roger Luckhurst, Nicola Humble, Kaye Mitchell, Erin A. Smith, Fred Botting, Hilary Chute, Marianne Dekoven, Brenda Silver

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