ADEN 1425 American Popular Literature (Fall: 3 )
Certain formulas continue to produce books that millions of Americans read for pleasure: mysteries, romances, spy thrillers, detective stories, westerns, science fiction. Are these books trash or art? How can readers determine their significance? This course raises questions about literature, culture and society, and considers whether critical methods used to read "great books" can help interpret popular literature. Works include Louis L'Amour, The Burning Hills; Thomas Harris, The Silence of the Lambs; Robert B. Parker, Early Autumn; Danielle Steel, Zoya, and others.
Last Updated: 19-Feb-14