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ENGL 3303 - Popular Literature: Main

Course Info

COURSE DESCRIPTION: A survey of major contributions to one genre of popular literature--science fiction or mystery or historical fiction--or film. May be repeated for credit when course content changes. Pre: ENGL 1113 and 1213

What is Popular Literature?

"Popular literature includes those writings intended for the masses and those that find favour with large audiences. It can be distinguished from artistic literature in that it is designed primarily to entertain. Popular literature, unlike high literature, generally does not seek a high degree of formal beauty or subtlety and is not intended to endure. The growth of popular literature has paralleled the spread of literacy through education and has been facilitated by technological developments in printing. With the Industrial Revolution, works of literature, which were previously produced for consumption by small, well-educated elites, became accessible to large sections and even majorities of the members of a population." (Encyclopaedia Britannica)