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ERIC Number: ED151807
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
Pages: 14
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The Muse and the Masses: Popular Fiction in Literature Classes.
Cohn, Jan
Popular literature consists of novels, stories, and essays--and by extension, plays, movies, and teledramas--that attract a significant audience. Having students study popular fiction in English classes can help to "hook" the non-reader because popular fiction is more accessible and simpler in structure and language than the literary classics. Students who develop analytic skills with popular texts can transfer the skills to more complex texts, such as the literary classics, and become motivated to study more of the classics. Popular fiction may be used in literature classes by combining both popular fiction and literary classics while studying one theme, genre, or time period, showing how all types of literature reflect the social interests of the times. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Conference on English in the Two-Year College (13th, Nashville, Tennessee, February 16-18, 1978)