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Genre Short Fiction in America

Lecture no. 19 from the course: Great American Short Stories: A Guide for Writers and Readers

Genre Short Fiction in America

Taught by Professor Jennifer Cognard-Black | 33 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses

Though genre fiction has a reputation for being frivolous or commercial, it has been an important part of America’s literary tradition since the 19th century. Focusing on the “big three” genres of horror, science fiction, and fantasy, you will see how genre fiction has grappled with the same issues and concerns as literary fiction, simply through different means.