Genre Fiction

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Genre Fiction

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Classics, Literature, Literatures in English

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course will explore ?genre fiction,? often defined as formulaic popular fiction such as mystery, detective, horror, romance, Western, SF, fantasy, and historical fiction. We will examine the thematic and stylistic conventional agreements of what the reader expects and what the writer provides under the aegis of different genres, particularly gothic, crime fiction, and science fiction this semester. We will also look at how genres are divided into subgenres and how they are combined into cross genres as well as the establishment of new genres. The primary goal of this course, however, is to develop the close reading skills and independent interpretation of the literary texts chosen when each text is seen as cultural capital and a historical document. Class discussions, oral presentations, and writing assignments will provide students with opportunities to respond to important themes expressed in the novels, stories, and films.

    Required Texts:
    Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818), Oxford UP (Oxford World?s Classics, 2009), ISBN 978-
    Edgar Allan Poe, ?The Fall of the House of Usher? (1839), ?The Murder of Rue Morgue?
    (1841), ?The Purloined Letter? (1844), ?The Raven? (1845), ?The Philosophy of
    Composition? (1946)
    Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle (1962), Mariner Books (2012), ISBN 978-
    Films ? The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), The Big Sleep (1946), The Naked City (1948)

Course Disclaimer

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