Popular Fiction

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Popular Fiction

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Previous academic study of English literature;

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    Course Content:

    This module introduces students to popular genres of fiction writing. Students study four
    different genres over their year of study, such as children?s literature, Gothic fiction and
    horror, science fiction and fantasy, adventure stories, sensation novels, crime fiction,
    romance, and historical fiction. As well as exposing students to the diversity of popular
    writing from different periods, the module explores the emergence of distinct
    readerships and interrogates the very concept of the popular and the different ways
    genre has been theorised. Students will also engage with a variety of critical approaches
    to the study of popular writing, from psychoanalysis to ethnography.

    The first lectures introduce students to the concepts of genre and the popular, and they
    relate to both developments in literacy and notions of literariness. Then there will be
    four five-week blocks on particular genres of popular fiction, which may include:
    ? Gothic fiction
    ? Children?s literature
    ? Adventure stories
    ? Crime fiction

    Teaching: Weekly two-hour interactive lecture and a one-hour seminar.

    STUDY OPTION 1: Portfolio (100%):
    Autumn Semester: draft and then an assessed essay
    Spring Semester: a take-home test.
    STUDY OPTION 2: draft and then an assessed essay
    STUDY OPTION 3: a take-home test.

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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