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Author Palmer, Jerry, 1940-

Title Potboilers : methods, concepts, and case studies in popular fiction / Jerry Palmer.

Published London ; New York : Routledge, 1991.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  302.230973 PALM    AVAILABLE
 UniM Bund  302.230973 PALM {Bund81 20190820}    AVAILABLE
Physical description 219 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Communication and society.
Communication and society (Routledge (Firm))
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-215) and index.
Summary Potboilers looks at the many forms of popular narrative - in print, film and TV. It considers the ways in they have been analysed in literary criticism, sociology, communications, media and cultural studies. The book introduces and summarizes two decades of debate about mass-produced fictions and their position within popular culture. It assesses the methods that have been used in these debates, focussing both on narrative analysis and the communications process. It explores generic conventions, the role of commercial strategies, and the nature of the audience with reference to crime fiction, soap opera, romance and TV sitcom. Distinctions between high' and low' culture have relegated many popular forms to the trash-can of great' literature. This book takes stock of the methods and concepts used to analyse popular culture and argues for a non-elitist approach to the study of literature, film and television.
Subject American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
Popular literature -- United States -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
Popular culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Books and reading -- United States.
Canon (Literature)
Literary form.
ISBN 0415009774 (HB)
0415009782 (PB)