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Popular Fiction

The Logics and Practices of a Literary Field

Popular Fiction by Ken Gelder
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In this important book, Ken Gelder offers a lively, progressive and comprehensive account of popular fiction as a distinctive literary field. Drawing on a wide range of popular novelists, from Sir Walter Scott and Marie Corelli to Ian Fleming, J. K. Rowling and Stephen King, his book describes for the first time how this field works and what its unique features are. In addition, Gelder provides a critical history of three primary genres - romance, crime fiction and science fiction - and looks at the role of bookshops, fanzines and prozines in the distribution and evaluation of popular fiction. Finally, he examines five bestselling popular novelists in detail - John Grisham, Michael Crichton, Anne Rice, Jackie Collins and J. R. R. Tolkien - to see how popular fiction is used, discussed and identified in contemporary culture.
Taylor and Francis; December 2004
192 pages; ISBN 9781134250707
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Title: Popular Fiction
Author: Ken Gelder
 
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0203023366
9780203023365
9780415356466
9781134250707
9781134250714