New Directions in Popular Fiction

Genre, Distribution, Reproduction

  • Ken Gelder

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Ken Gelder
    Pages 1-19
  3. Histories of Popular Genres

  4. Authors, Distribution, (Re)Production

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 451-474

About this book


This book brings together new contributions in Popular Fiction Studies, giving us a vivid sense of new directions in analysis and focus. It looks into the histories of popular genres such as the amatory novel, imperial romance, the western, Australian detective fiction, Whitechapel Gothic novels, the British spy thriller, Japanese mysteries, the 'new weird', fantasy, girl hero action novels and Québecois science fiction. It also examines the production, reproduction and distribution of popular fiction as it carves out space for itself in transnational marketplaces and across different media entertainment systems; and it discusses the careers of popular authors and the various investments in popular fiction by readers and fans. This book will be indispensable for anyone with a serious interest in this prolific but highly distinctive literary field.


Genre Author Market Entertainment Transnational

Editors and affiliations

  • Ken Gelder
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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