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Popular culture genres : theories and texts

Author: Arthur Asa Berger
Publisher: Newbury Park : Sage Publications, ©1992.
Series: Foundations of popular culture, vol. 2.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Popular Culture Genres is distinctive because it begins a fresh, elaborate discussion of a cultural phenomenon--the genre--in a concise and readable style. While much of the current scholarship surrounding popular culture is highly theoretical and largely abstract, Arthur Asa Berger offers a witty, accessible study of genres and genre criticism, which, based on the methods and examples he provides, empowers readers  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Berger, Arthur Asa, 1933-
Popular culture genres.
Newbury Park : Sage Publications, ©1992
(DLC) 92010599
(OCoLC)25628926
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur Asa Berger
ISBN: 9781452245720 145224572X 9781483325316 1483325318
OCLC Number: 644113382
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 171 pages).
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Cover; Contents; Series Editor's Introduction; Preface; Acknowledgments; Part I --
Theories; Chapter 1 --
On the Structure of Genres; Chapter 2 --
Propp, de Saussure, and the Narrative; Chapter 3 --
Formulas and Texts; Chapter 4 --
Genre Theory; Chapter 5 --
Genre, Society, and Culture; Chapter 6 --
The Classic Mystery: A Case Study; Part II --
Texts; Chapter 7 --
Murder on the Orient Express; Chapter 8 --
The Maltese Falcon: The Hard-Boiled Detective Novel; Chapter 9 --
Dr. No; Chapter 10 --
War of the Worlds; Chapter 11 --
Frankenstein: The New Prometheus; Chapter 12 --
Conclusions; References. Name IndexSubject Index; About the Author.
Series Title: Foundations of popular culture, vol. 2.
Responsibility: Arthur Asa Berger.

Abstract:

"Popular Culture Genres is distinctive because it begins a fresh, elaborate discussion of a cultural phenomenon--the genre--in a concise and readable style. While much of the current scholarship surrounding popular culture is highly theoretical and largely abstract, Arthur Asa Berger offers a witty, accessible study of genres and genre criticism, which, based on the methods and examples he provides, empowers readers to make their own analyses. Part I deals with genres from a critical perspective, asking such questions as: how do the conventions of different genres affect the creation and production of texts and the audiences of these texts? Do certain genres have significant social and political implications? How do genres evolve? And why do some genres (such as the Western) die out? Part II takes a look at five "classic" popular texts (in both their novel and film versions): The Maltese Falcon (tough-guy detective), Murder on the Orient Express (classic detective), Dr. No (spy story), War of the Worlds (science fiction), and Frankenstein (horror). Viewing these works in the context of their respective genres is not only instructive but fascinating reading as well."--Jacket.

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