Popular Fiction Since 1900
Author: Clive Bloom
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780333687420
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 292
View: 7007
What fiction have British people been reading in the last hundred years? Who are the most popular authors, the most popular books and the most important genres? Such straightforward questions raise intriguing literary, cultural, social and intellectual responses which often require much detective work in the annals of lost literature. This essential guide and reference work is the only available study of all of the bestselling books, authors and genres since the beginning of the twentieth-century, providing an unique insight into over one hundred years of publishing and reading as well as taking us on a journey into the heart of the British imagination.


Popular Fiction since 1900
Author: C. Bloom
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230583873
Category: Fiction
Page: 425
View: 9281
This essential guide, now available in a fully updated new edition, is the only available study of all bestselling books, authors and genres since the start of the last century, giving an unique insight into a hundred years of publishing and reading and taking us on a journey into the heart of the British imagination.

Bestsellers: Popular Fiction since 1900

Author: C. Bloom
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230287492
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 306
View: 1309
This guide and reference work of all of the bestselling books, authors and genres since the beginning of the 20th century, provides an insight into over 100 years of publishing and reading as well as taking us on a journey into the heart of the British imagination.

The Formulas of Popular Fiction

Elements of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Religious and Mystery Novels
Author: Anna Faktorovich
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476615853
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 224
View: 6178
This book creates a taxonomy for the major bestselling fictional genres: romance (e.g., authors Heyer, Cartland, Woodiwiss and Roberts), religious and inspirational (Corelli and Douglas), mystery and detective (Conan Doyle, Christie and Mankell), and science fiction, horror and fantasy (Wells, Tolkien, Orwell, Niven, King and Rowling). Chapters look at a genre from its roots to its most recent works. The structural patterns in the plot, characters and setting of these genres are then explained. The book also provides a critique of currently popular hyper-formulaic, hack, unliterary writings that have multiplied in recent decades. Special topics such as the publishing oligopoly and the resulting homogeneity among bestselling works and the steady movement from literary to unliterary fiction are also examined.

Encyclopedia of American Popular Fiction

Author: Geoff Hamilton,Brian Jones
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 1438116942
Category: Fiction
Page: 412
View: 4359
Covers contemporary authors and works that have enjoyed commercial success in the United States but are typically neglected by more "literary" guides. Provides high school and college students with everything they need to know to understand the authors and works of American popular fiction.

The Bloomsbury Introduction to Popular Fiction

Author: Christine Berberich
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1474232582
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 344
View: 7042
Guiding readers through key writers and genres, historical contexts and major theoretical approaches, this is a comprehensive introduction to the study of popular fiction. Charting the rise of commercial fiction from the 19th century to today, The Bloomsbury Introduction to Popular Fiction includes introductory surveys, written by leading scholars, to a wide range of popular genres, including: Science Fiction Crime Writing Romance and Chick Lit Adventure Stories and Lad Lit Horror Graphic Novels Children's Literature Part II of the book also includes case-study readings of key writers and texts, from the work of HG Wells, Ian Fleming and Raymond Chandler to more recent books such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The book also includes a chapter covering "The Writer's Perspective" on popular publishing, while annotated guides to further reading and online resources throughout give students the tools they need to pursue independent study on their courses.

British Theatre and Performance 1900-1950

Author: Rebecca D'Monte
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408166011
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 352
View: 2811
British theatre from 1900 to 1950 has been subject to radical re-evaluation with plays from the period setting theatres alight and gaining critical acclaim once again; this book explains why, presenting a comprehensive survey of the theatre and how it shaped the work that followed. Rebecca D'Monte examines how the emphasis upon the working class, 'angry' drama from the 1950s has led to the neglect of much of the century's earlier drama, positioning the book as part of the current debate about the relationship between war and culture, the middlebrow, and historiography. In a comprehensive survey of the period, the book considers: - the Edwardian theatre; - the theatre of the First World War, including propaganda and musicals; -the interwar years, the rise of commercial theatre and influence of Modernism; - the theatre of the Second World War and post-war period. Essays from leading scholars Penny Farfan, Steve Nicholson and Claire Cochrane give further critical perspectives on the period's theatre and demonstrate its relevance to the drama of today. For anyone studying 20th-century British Drama this will prove one of the foundational texts.

Must Read: Rediscovering American Bestsellers

From Charlotte Temple to The Da Vinci Code
Author: Sarah Churchwell,Thomas Ruys Smith
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1441195130
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 384
View: 7088
What is it about certain books that makes them bestsellers? Why do some of these books remain popular for centuries, and others fade gently into obscurity? And why is it that when scholars do turn their attention to bestsellers, they seem only to be interested in the same handful of blockbusters, when so many books that were once immensely popular remain under-examined? Addressing those and other equally pressing questions about popular literature, Must Read is the first scholarly collection to offer both a survey of the evolution of American bestsellers as well as critical readings of some of the key texts that have shaped the American imagination since the nation's founding. Focusing on a mix of enduring and forgotten bestsellers, the essays in this collection consider 18th and 19th century works, like Charlotte Temple or Ben-Hur, that were once considered epochal but are now virtually ignored; 20th century favorites such as The Sheik and Peyton Place; and 21st century blockbusters including the novels of Nicholas Sparks, The Kite Runner, and The Da Vinci Code.

Women's Fiction

From 1945 to Today
Author: Deborah Philips
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1441150226
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 224
View: 5891
Now in its second edition and with new chapters covering such texts as Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love and 'yummy mummy' novels such as Allison Pearson's I Don't Know How She Does It, this is a wide-ranging survey of popular women's fiction from 1945 to the present. Examining key trends in popular writing for women in each decade, Women's Fiction offers case study readings of major British and American writers. Through these readings, the book explores how popular texts often neglected by feminist literary criticism have charted the shifting demands, aspirations and expectations of women in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Poverty in Contemporary Literature

Themes and Figurations on the British Book Market
Author: B. Korte,G. Zipp
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137429291
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 149
View: 6898
Poverty and inequality have gained a new public presence in the United Kingdom. Literature, and particularly narrative literature, (re-)configures how people think, feel and behave in relation to poverty. This makes the analysis of poverty-themed fiction an important aspect in the new transdisciplinary field of poverty studies.

The Literary Institution in Portugal Since the Thirties

An Analysis Under Special Consideration of the Publishing Market
Author: Margarida Rendeiro
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9783034300506
Page: 394
View: 6633
Despite the numerous studies of the politics, economy, culture, and society of the "Estado Novo," the relations established between publishers, authors, and governmental institutions and their contribution to the making of the literary canon are still marginal subjects of analysis. Based on the systems theories developed by Bourdieu, Dubois and Even-Zohar, this study focuses on the cultural production produced during the "Estado Novo" (1933-1974) and after the Revolution (1974-2004), within their political, economic and social framework. The chapters on Jose Saramago and Jose Luis Peixoto show them as examples of literary consecration that confirm the systemic relations in the Portuguese literary field. This research makes use of a survey on habits of purchase of Portuguese fiction, interviews with publishers, original statistical analyses, and takes a new approach to the study of Portuguese literature."

The Fitzrovians

A Portrait of Bohemian Society, 1900-1955
Author: Hugh David
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Category: Artists
Page: 275
View: 8962

Der zeitgenössische englische Roman

Genres - Entwicklungen - Modellinterpretationen
Author: Vera Nünning,Caroline Lusin
Publisher: N.A
Page: 264
View: 2809

The Bibliotheck

A Journal of Bibliographical Notes and Queries Mainly of Scottish Interest
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Bibliography
Page: N.A
View: 4848

Marie Corelli

The Writer and the Woman
Author: T. F. Coates,Warren Bell
Publisher: Health Research Books
ISBN: 9780787301866
Page: 352
View: 5119
1903 a biographical study of this modern mystic whose works were obviously inspired. Marie Corelli's unique personality has aroused interest and curiosity among all classes.

Facts about the Arts

A Summary of Available Statistics
Author: Muriel Nissel
Publisher: N.A
Category: Arts
Page: 185
View: 5730

The History of British Women's Writing, 1920-1945

Volume Eight
Author: M. Joannou
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137292172
Category: Social Science
Page: 316
View: 3945
Featuring sixteen contributions from recognized authorities in their respective fields, this superb new mapping of women's writing ranges from feminine middlebrow novels to Virginia Woolf's modernist aesthetics, from women's literary journalism to crime fiction, and from West End drama to the literature of Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

A Counter-History of Crime Fiction

Supernatural, Gothic, Sensational
Author: Maurizio Ascari
Publisher: Crime Files
Category: Fiction
Page: 222
View: 3717
Nominated for the Mystery Writers of America ‘Edgar Awards’! A Counter-History of Crime Fiction takes a new look at the evolution of crime fiction, drawing on material from the Middle Ages up to the early Twentieth century, when the genre was theoretically defined as detective fiction. Considering 'criminography' as a system of inter-related, even incestuous, sub-genres, Maurizio Ascari explores the connections between modes of literature such as revenge tragedies and providential fictions, the gothic and the ghost story, urban mysteries and anarchist fiction, while taking into account the influence of pseudo-sciences such as mesmerism and criminal anthropology.

The Age of the Storytellers

British Popular Fiction Magazines, 1880-1950
Author: Michael Ashley,Mike Ashley
Publisher: Oak Knoll Press
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 308
View: 9513
The years from 1880-1950 were the golden age of storytelling, which coincided with the glory of the popular monthly illustrated magazines, such as "The Strand", "Pearson's Magazine", "Pall Mall", and many more. This reference guide considers these magazines in detail, charting their contribution to and influence upon popular literature.

Jack the Ripper

Media, Culture, History
Author: Alexandra Warwick,Martin Willis
Publisher: N.A
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 251
View: 9988
This edited work collects together some of the best academic work on the most important and sensational murder case of the 19th century.