Popular Literature: Core Course 2011/12
Michaelmas Term (First Term):
Week One: Introduction to Theories of the Popular (Dr. Darryl Jones)
- Curtis White, The Middle Mind: Why Consumer Culture is Turning Us into the Living Dead;
- Q. D. Leavis, Fiction and the Reading Public. F.R. Leavis, Mass Civilisation and Minority Culture*
Week Two: Introduction to Theories of the Popular (Dr. Darryl Jones)
- Theodor Adorno, The Culture Industry.* George Orwell essay also to be provided.*
- John Carey, The Intellectuals and the Masses
Week Three: The Beginnings of Popular Fiction
- Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto (Dr. Elizabeth McCarthy).
- Eighteenth-Century Chapbooks (Dr. Anne Markey)
Week Four: Romantic Gothic
- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (Dr. Elizabeth McCarthy).
- Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey (Dr Darryl Jones)
Week Five: Science and the Supernatural
- “The Vivisector” by Sir Ronald Ross and ‘The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne (Dr Elizabeth McCarthy)*
- Dinah Mulock’s ‘The Last House in C____ Street’; Amelia Edwards' ‘The Phantom Coach’; Rhoda Broughton’s‘The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth’; M. R. James' 'Whistleand I'll Come to You' * (Dr Jarlath Killeen)
Week Six: The Victorian Serial
- The String of Pearls: A Romance (Dr Elizabeth McCarthy)
- Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers (Dr. Jarlath Killeen).
Week Seven: Study Week
Week Eight: The Sensation Novel
- Wilkie Collins, No Name (Dr. Darryl Jones).
- Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Audley’s Secret (Dr. Jarlath Killeen)
Week Nine: Empire Fiction
- Richard Marsh, The Beetle (Dr. Elizabeth McCarthy).
- H. Rider Haggard, King Solomon’s Mines (Dr. Jarlath Killeen).
Week Ten: Fin de Siecle Popular
- Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Dr Elizabeth McCarthy)
- George du Maurier, Trilby (Dr. Darryl Jones)
Week Eleven: Modernism and the Popular
- Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent (Dr. Darryl Jones)
- H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds (Dr. Jarlath Killeen)
Week Twelve: (Dr. Jarlath Killeen)
- L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
- The ‘Popular’ Christmas (handouts will be provided).
Hilary Term (Second Term):
Week One: Female Fiction (Dr. Jarlath Killeen)
- The Popular Romance: Nora Roberts, Untamed; Carolina Moon; Hidden Riches.
- Chick-Lit: Cecelia Ahern, P.S. I Love You; Sophie Kinsella, The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic; Jane Green, Jemima J.
Week Two: Pornography (Dr Dara Downey and Rachel Glover)
- The Memoirs of Fanny Hill (DD)
- Catherine Millet, The Sexual Life of Catherine M. (RG)
Week Three: American Genre Fiction.
- Dorothy B. Hughes, In a Lonely Place (Dr Elizabeth McCarthy)
- Jacqueline Susann, The Valley of the Dolls (Dr. Bernice Murphy).
Week Four: Detective Fiction
- 'The Adventure of the Six Napoleons' by Arthur Conan Doyle and Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler (EMcC)
- Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. (BM)
Week Five: Fantasy
- A selection of Fantasy stories will be provided before this class (Dr Bernice Murphy)
- Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett (Dr Helen Conrad O’Briain)
Week Six: Science Fiction (Dr. Bernice Murphy).
1. Introducing Science Fiction (a selection of stories will be provided before this class)*
2. Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
Week Seven: Study Week
Week Eight: Modern Horror Fiction (Dr. Bernice Murphy).
- Stephen King, Misery.
- John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let the Right One In
Week Nine: Popular Poetry/Song (Dr. Philip Coleman).*
(The reading for this class will be provided)
Week Ten: Comic Books and Graphic Novels.
1. Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis (Dr Bernice Murphy)
2. Grant Morrison Arkham Asylum: Anniversary Edition (Kate Roddy)
Week Eleven: The Contemporary Bestseller (Dr. Bernice Murphy)
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Text to be decided by students via class vote once term has started.
- Student Presentations.