Handbook of American Popular Literature

Hardcover | September 1, 1988

EditorM. Thomas Inge

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This collection of bibliographic essays is designed to serve as a reference to the existing commentary and scholarship on the main forms of past and present popular literature. It consists of essays on many of the popular genres including detective and mystery novels, Westerns, science fiction, romance and gothic novels, comic books, and writing for children and young adults. Each essay surveys the historic development of the genre and presents a critical guide to the reference works on the subject. Also included are a discussion of research centers and collections of primary and secondary materials, an evaluative overview of criticism on the subject, and a checklist of works cited and journals in the field. This is the first volume to provide bibliographic access to information about the major forms of popular literature in the United States. Increasing reader demand for these popular genres and the growing trend whereby writers of serious fiction are 'crossing over' into science fiction, murder mysteries, and other popular forms are making it increasingly difficult to distinguish between serious and popular literature. Accordingly, the growing appeal of popular fiction is best understood when placed within the larger context of American literature and culture.

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This collection of bibliographic essays is designed to serve as a reference to the existing commentary and scholarship on the main forms of past and present popular literature. It consists of essays on many of the popular genres including detective and mystery novels, Westerns, science fiction, romance and gothic novels, comic books, a...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:September 1, 1988Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313254052

ISBN - 13:9780313254055

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?If the Handbook of American Popular Culture, ed. by M. Thomas Inge has received any use at all in a library, the purchase of this work can be justified. Its 15 bibliographic essays cover some of the main forms of popular literature of the past and present" from detective and mystery novels to children's literature to westerns. Each essay is written by an authority in the field; ten essays have been revised/updated from Inge's earlier handbook and five essays are new to this volume--those on big little books, comic books, fantasy, popular history and biography, and young adult fiction. Following primarily the same format for each topic as before (historic outline, reference works, research collections, history and criticism, bibliography, periodicals), Inge and the other contributors deliver a needed work to the important field of popular culture. Useful to the scholar of the discipline and interesting to the person who reads and enjoys the kinds of literature treated here. For academic and large public libraries.?-Choice