You are here

Popular Culture Genres
Share

Popular Culture Genres
Theories and Texts



May 1992 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Witty and accessible, Popular Culture Genres is a fascinating study of genres and genre criticism. Author Arthur Asa Berger empowers readers to make their own analysis by providing the methods and examples of good criticism. Part I deals with genres from a critical perspective, asking questions such as: How do the conventions of different genres affect the creation and production of texts and the audiences of those texts? Do certain genres have significant social and political implications? And, how do genres evolve? Part II takes a look at five "classic" popular texts (in both their novel and film versions). Viewing these works in the context of their respective genres is not only instructive in nature but captivating reading as well.

 
PART ONE: THEORIES
 
On the Structure of Genres
 
Propp, de Saussure and the Narrative
 
Formulas and Texts
 
Genre Theory
 
Genre, Society and Culture
 
The Classical Mystery
A Case Study  
 
PART TWO: TEXTS
 
Murder on the Orient Express
 
f003 The Maltese Falcon
The Hard-Boiled Detective Novel  
 
f003 Dr No
 
f003 War of the Worlds
 
Frankenstein
The New Prometheus  
 
Conclusions

Preview this book

For instructors

To inquire about the availability of this title for review (print and/or digital), please contact your local sales representative or call (800) 818-7243.

Select a Purchasing Option

ISBN: 9780803947269
$72.00

This title is also available on SAGE Knowledge, the ultimate social sciences online library. If your library doesn’t have access, ask your librarian to start a trial.