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Students who complete this module successfully will have a knowledge of some of the genres of popular fiction in this period; of the debates about popular literature; of the politics of the popular novel; and of the changes in the publishing industry that underpinned the rise of the modern bestseller.Indicative Module Content:
John Buchan, The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915). The thriller/spy story. [bookshop, Library short loan, project Gutenberg, Kindle]
E.M. Hull, The Sheik (1919). [excerpts. Library. Full text on archive.org] Exotic romance on page and screen.
M.R. James and others. Short supernatural fiction. [available online]
Agatha Christie, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1916). Detective fiction. [Bookshop, UCD Library, Kindle, Gutenberg.]
Stella Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm (1932). [Excerpts ] Comic fiction
P.G. Wodehouse, short stories. Comic fiction.
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit (1937) Fantasy [available free online]
John Wyndham, The Day of the Triffids (1951) Science Fiction [Bookshop, Library, Kindle]
Ian Fleming, Casino Royale (1952). Thriller. [Bookshop, Library, Kindle]
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|Autonomous Student Learning||
|Seminar (or Webinar)||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Essay: Final essay||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||Yes||
|Continuous Assessment: midterm assignment||Varies over the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
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