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Minor Mythologies as Popular Literature

A Student's Guide to Texts and Films

Author(s): Richard Pine

Book Description

This is the first single-author study of the genres and roots of popular literature in its relation to film and television, exploring the effects of academic snobbery on the teaching of popular literature.

Designed for classroom use by students of literature and film (and their teachers), it offers case studies in quest literature, detective fiction, the status of the outlaw and outsider, and the interdependence of self, other and the uncanny.

It challenges perceived notions of, and prejudices against, popular literature, and affirms its connection with the deepest human experiences.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-1396-9
ISBN-10: 1-5275-1396-3
Date of Publication: 01/10/2018
Pages / Size: 460 / A5
Price: £39.99


Richard Pine is Director of the Durrell Library of Corfu, Greece, having worked previously in Irish broadcasting. His publications include Lawrence Durrell: The Mindscape (1994/2005), The Thief of Reason: Oscar Wilde and Modern Ireland (1995), The Diviner: The Art of Brian Friel (1999) and Greece through Irish Eyes (2015). He has edited several studies on the work of Lawrence Durrell and Creativity, Madness and Civilisation (2007) and The Literatures of War (2008). He is a guest lecturer at the Ionian University, Corfu, a columnist for The Irish Times and Kathimerini, and an obituarist for The Guardian.