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Popular Genre Fiction

  • Barbara Korte
  • Georg Zipp
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Abstract

Popular fiction has a special impact on the imagination of poverty because it is accessible and entertaining reading. Genre is of special importance in popular (as opposed to “literary”) fiction. The chapter shows that popular genre fiction can perpetuate traditional ways of perceiving poverty but also provoke a more reflected and sometimes even subversive response, depending on the handling of genre conventions. Case studies focus on popular historical fiction (by Catherine Cookson and Penny Vincenzi), crime fiction (Elizabeth George) as well as science fiction and fantasy (Jonathan Trigell, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett).

Keywords

crime fiction fantasy genre historical fiction popular fiction science fiction 

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© Barbara Korte and Georg Zipp 2014

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  • Georg Zipp

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