ENGL 221 Popular Literature • 5 Cr.


Investigates the themes, conventions, and cultural assumptions of genre-based popular literature. Specific topics vary and are announced in the class schedule. Recommended: ENGL& 101 or ENGL 201 or a literature course in the 100 series.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate literal and inferential comprehension of the texts
  • Pose and investigate interpretive questions on texts
  • Write focused, unified and well-developed analytical papers and exam essays
  • Explain the development of a given genre of popular literature from its beginnings to its contemporary practice.
  • Identify genre conventions and apply them to sub-genres
  • Use appropriate literary terminology in analyzing the various forms of popular literature
  • Relate the sub-genres of the given literature to their cultural context
  • Use various methods of literary analysis, such as formal, psychological, and/or feminist analysis/
  • Demonstrate how popular literature reflects the concerns and prejudices of its own time.