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


Take-Home Final Exam 

I hope that your reading and studying the lectures, research for your class project, and further explorations have been enjoyable and rewarding.  

This class is structured so that you can pass the class or get a "C"  or Credit with if you have posted every week and you have completed a Research Paper.   

However, if you wish to have enough points for a "B" or an "A," you will also need to do the take-home final exam essay.  (See grading policies for further information.)

The Final consists of two short essay on two topics of your choosing.  It will be due on 

Monday, May 20, 2013

(you can e-mail this to me by midnight on Monday night -

Here is what you will need to do for the Take-Home Final essay.  First, take a look at the topics below.  These represent areas that we have covered in class.  I would like you to select TWO of these topics.  For each one of these,  write an essay that answers this prompt:  "What three aspects of this topic do you think are most characteristic of Popular Literature and why? Please use quotes from the writers we have studied, refer to the Lecture Notes for that theme, and give concrete examples.  Each essay should be 1000 to 1500 words long.  Your Take-Home Final, then, will be TWO short essays directly related to the Themes we have studied in class.


Unit 2:  Horrors!

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley



Unit 3:  Detective on the Beat

 The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler



Unit 4:  Enduring Crimes

The Lodger, Marie Belloc Lowndes


Unit 5: The Lure of Romance

Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell



Unit 6: Cowboy Jamboree

Showdown at Yellow Butte, Louis L'Amour


Unit 7:  Fantasy Adventures

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


Unit 8:  Science Fiction and The Future

Neuromancer, William Gibson


If you have any questions, please Contact me.



Marjorie Coverley Luesebrink:  write to me with questions!

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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