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Popular Fiction

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Stephanie Watson

on 28 August 2013

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Transcript of Popular Fiction

Literature: gets at what is below the surface.
Plunges deep into the “human condition”
Makes a statement or reveals something true or profound about the complexities of the human experience
Is enduring because of the timeless nature of its themes

What is Literature? What is its role in society?
Popular Fiction:
portrays surface-level ideas or experiences
only touches the surface of "the human experience"
doesn't usually last as long as "classic" literature
usually only relates to a small
is almost solely written for entertainment

The Literary Canon:
the group of Literary works that are considered the most important of a particular time period or place.


An Art Form
Just as architecture is the art form that arises out of the human ability to create buildings, literature is the art form that arises out of the human ability to create language.

Major forms of fiction literature:
novel
novella
short stories
poetry
drama

Timeless themes:
life
death
love
hatred
war
peace
identity
freedom
equality
All literature arises out of the circumstances under which it is written. We call this the RHETORICAL SITUATION.
audience
author's experiences
intention:
what the work should
accomplish

historic and cultural context
message
Major genres of fiction literature:
mystery
coming of age
fantasy
drama
romance
etc.
widely studied and respected
decided by influential literary critics, scholars, teachers, and anyone whose opinions and judgments regarding a literary work are also widely respected
no rigid qualifications for canonization
a subjective decision.

What is good about the canon?
What problems might it bring?


Unit Goals:
You should be able to...
explain the rhetorical situation and its application to To Kill a Mockingbird.
decide which of the themes in To Kill a Mockingbird is the most important.
explain the literary canon, explain why To Kill a Mockingbird is part of the literary canon, and decide what you believe about having a canon at all.

Types of Sources
primary source--first hand account of an event or experience


secondary source-the re-telling of an event or experience by someone who wasn't there
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