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Irvine Valley CollegeOnline Literature Study of the School of Humanities and Languages

Literature 110 - Popular Literature

Spring 2013 - Ticket #62740 // Marjorie Coverley Luesebrink, MFA, Instructor

Class runs from January 22, 2013 to May 23, 2013


Class Syllabus


Unit 1:  Introduction:  What is Popular Literature?

A Web Overview

January 23 - February 3, 2013


Unit 2:  Horrors!

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

February 3 - February 17, 2013


Unit 3:  Detective on the Beat

 The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler

February 18 - March 3, 2013


Unit 4:  Enduring Crimes

The Lodger, Marie Belloc Lowndes

March 4 - March 17, 2013


NOTE:  March 18 - March 24 is SPRING BREAK

But you could use this time to start *Gone With the Wind*!!


Unit 5: The Lure of Romance

Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

[note - you need only to read the first 10 Chapters.]

March 25 - April 7, 2013


Unit 6: Cowboy Jamboree

Showdown at Yellow Butte, Louis L'Amour

April 8 - April 21, 2013


Unit 7:  Fantasy Adventures

Harry Potter and the Sorcererís Stone, J. K. Rowling

April 22 - May 5, 2013


Unit 8:  Science Fiction and The Future

Neuromancer, William Gibson

May 6 - May 19, 2013


Unit 9:  Review and Sharing of Papers

May 20 - May 23, 2013


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:


1. Identify and analyze the historical, social, political, and
literary dynamics which foster the development of a specific genre of
popular literature or of a specific theme manifest in popular

2. Identify and analyze themes and concerns which define the genre,
reflect the culture, characterize the history of the genre, extend
across cultures, and/or appeal to a given culture or subculture.*

3. Identify and analyze the literary strategies, both conventional
and emergent, that exemplify the literature.*

4. Identify, analyze, and discuss the critical responses to the
genre: responses from the literary/critical mainstream, the general
public, and authorities of the genre.*

5. Identify, analyze, and discuss ways the popular genre affects
the target audiences within that public and impacts the development of
mainstream literature.*

*Meets critical thinking requirement.


Marjorie Coverley Luesebrink, MFA, your Instructor, is a Professor of English in the School of Humanities and Languages, Irvine Valley College, Irvine, California.

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