Popular Reading

Low to Middling Genres, 1890–1945

Assigned Readings

Print readings are available at Barnes & Noble; you are free to acquire them elsewhere. I have given ISBN numbers of the editions I ordered so that you can search for the books on amazon or elsewhere. Other editions from reputable publishers are normally fine for study, but please e-mail me to make sure.

All books will also be available on reserve at Alexander Library.

Some reading selections will be available through the course Sakai site.

Many of our course texts can also be found in free online versions. In general the book versions are much preferable, but in some cases online texts can be acceptable (though usually worse for study). This matter will be discussed at the first class meeting; see also the explanatory page about online texts on the course website.

N.B. Clickable links to online texts are embedded in the PDF and website versions of this syllabus.

Amazing Stories, nos. 1 and 2. Pulp Magazine Project scans: no. 1, no. 2.

Buchan, John. The Thirty-Nine Steps. Ed. Christopher Harvie. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. ISBN 9780199537877. Or scan of 1915 Grosset & Dunlap ed. (Internet Archive).

Cain, James M. Double Indemnity. New York: Vintage, 1989. ISBN 9780679723226.

Chandler, Raymond. The Big Sleep. New York: Vintage, 1988. ISBN 9780394758282.

Chandler, Raymond. “The Simple Art of Murder.” Text online.

Conan Doyle, Arthur. “A Scandal in Bohemia.” Online in Google scan of Strand, vol. 2 (1891), 61–75.

Conan Doyle, Arthur. The Sign of Four. New York: Penguin Classics, 2001. ISBN 9780140439076. Or scan of 1890 Spencer Blackett ed. (Internet Archive).

Du Maurier, Daphne. Rebecca. Avon, 1994. ISBN 9780380778553.

Eliot, Simon, and Jonathan Rose, eds. A Companion to the History of the Book. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2007. Excerpt.

Frow, John. Genre. London: Routledge, 2006. Excerpt online.

Gelder, Ken. Popular Fiction: The Logics and Practices of a Literary Field. London: Routledge, 2004. Excerpt online.

Glyn, Elinor. Three Weeks. Read on library reserve or in online scan of the 1909 Macaulay ed. (Internet Archive).

Household, Geoffrey. Rogue Male. New York: New York Review Books Classics, 2007. ISBN 9781590172438.

Hull, E.M. The Sheik. Rpt. Philadelphia: Pine Street Books, 2001. ISBN 9780812217636. Or Google Scan of 1921 Maynard, Small edition, electronic text on course website, or plain text from Project Gutenberg.

Lewis, C. S. Out of the Silent Planet. New York: Scribner, 1938. ISBN 9780743234900.

Lovecraft, H.P. The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories. Ed. S.T. Joshi. New York: Penguin, 1999. ISBN 9780141182346. Other Lovecraft anthologies are acceptable (I particularly like the one from the Library of America.)

MacKay, Marina. The Cambridge Introduction to the Novel. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. Excerpt online.

Maugham, W. Somerset. The Painted Veil. New York: Vintage, 2004. ISBN 9780307277770.

Moretti, Franco. “The Slaughterhouse of Literature.” MLQ 61, no. 1 (March 2000): 207–227. Online via Rutgers Library.

Radway, Janice A. Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1984. Excerpt on course website.

Said, Edward. Culture and Imperialism. New York: Vintage, 1993. Excerpt on course website.

Sayers, Dorothy. Whose Body?. Rpt. New York: Dover, 2009. ISBN 9780486473628. There is also a Harper edition, ISBN 9780061043574.

Steinbeck, John. In Dubious Battle. Ed. Warren French. London: Penguin, 2006. ISBN 9780143039631. Other editions are fine.

Hossain, Rokeya Sakhawat. “Sultana’s Dream.” In “Sultana’s Dream: A Feminist Utopia” and Selections from “The Secluded Ones.” New York: Feminist Press, 1988. ISBN 9780935312836. Or online text (from UPenn Library).

Wells, H.G. The Time Machine. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004. ISBN 9780743487733. Other editions are fine, or online scan of 1895 Henry Holt ed. (Internet Archive).

Wilson, Edmund. “Tales of the Marvellous and the Ridiculous”. New Yorker. November 24, 1945. Course website.