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Popular Forms

Michael T. Gilmore

in Surface and Depth

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195157765
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199787784 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157765.003.0004
Popular Forms

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This chapter looks at popular forms closely identified with American culture. It reinterprets the Western, the detective story, and the celebrity novel, and finds that each genre is built on a grammar of visibility. Each moves toward an outcome in which everything is known. The authors discussed include Poe, Cooper, and Fanny Fern.

Keywords: popular forms; Poe; Cooper; Fanny Fern; detective story; Western; celebrity novel

Chapter.  10463 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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