Popular Literature

Trinity College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Popular Literature

  • Host University

    Trinity College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    English, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    This course will explore the growth and development of Popular Literature from the post-World War Two era up to the present day. Students will be introduced to key themes and theories of the popular as well as texts and contexts from a wide range of popular genres: detective fiction, fantasy, horror and science fiction amongst them. Each text will be situated within the context of its particular genre as well as the historical/social context of the time at which it was written. Areas of popular literature which have been critically neglected until fairly recently such as comic books culture and ?Chick Lit? will be discussed also. Students will be encouraged to think about ideas of ?popularity? and ?canonicity? and to interrogate the reasons why certain genres seem to dominate the bestseller lists and the popular imagination at different times.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

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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