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Witty and accessible, Popular Culture Genres is a fascinating study of genres and genre criticism. Author Arthur Asa Berger empowers readers to make their own analysis by providing the methods and examples of good criticism. Part I deals with genres from a critical perspective, asking questions such as: How do the conventions of different genres affect the creation and production of texts and the audiences of those texts? Do certain genres have significant social and political implications? And, how do genres evolve? Part II takes a look at five “classic” popular texts (in both their novel and film versions). Viewing these works in the context of their respective genres is not only instructive in nature but captivating reading as well.

Frankenstein: The New Prometheus
Frankenstein: The new prometheus
The Creation of the Novel

The details involving the creation of the book, Frankenstein, are almost as incredible as the creation of the central character of the book. The being created by Dr. Victor Frankenstein and commonly known as Frankenstein most certainly is one of the most famous creatures, monsters, nightmare figures—call him or it what you will—in all literature, a figure who has a remarkable hold on our imaginations. (Although unnamed in the book, the monster has come, in popular usage, to be known as Frankenstein. Thus we have films with titles such as Bride of Frankenstein that adopt this convention.)

Why the monster is so resonant is something of an enigma. The quotation by Mays refers to the ...

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