|About the Book|
Reading in America for pleasure and knowledge continues to be popular, even while other media compete for attention. While students continue to read many of the standard classics, new genres have emerged. These have captured the attention of generalMoreReading in America for pleasure and knowledge continues to be popular, even while other media compete for attention. While students continue to read many of the standard classics, new genres have emerged. These have captured the attention of general readers and are also playing a critical role in the language arts classroom. This book maps the state of popular literature and reading in America today, including the growth of new genres, such as cyberpunk, zines, flash fiction, GLBTQ literature, and other topics. The set includes alphabetically arranged entries on more than contemporary literary genres, such as: Arthurian Literature Christian Fiction Cyberpunk Ecopoetry Erotic Literature Fantasy Literature Graphic Novels Historical Writing Humor Manga and Anime Military Thrillers Native American Literature Poetry Science Writing Self-Help Literature Terrorism Fiction Urban (Hip Hop and Rap) Literature Young Adult Fiction Zines And many more. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and provides a definition of the genre, an overview of its history, a look at trends and themes, a discussion of how the literary form engages contemporary issues, a review of the genres critical reception, a discussion of authors and works, and suggestions for further reading. Sidebars provide fascinating details, and the set closes with a selected, general bibliography. Students will find this book a valuable guide to what theyre reading today and will appreciate its illumination of popular culture and contemporary social issues. FEATURES AND BENEFITS: More than 80 alphabetically arranged entries summarize the state of popular literature in America today. Sidebars provide lists, trivia, and quotations to engage student interest and connect literary works to contemporary concerns. Entries help students learn the characteristics of different genres. Bibliographies suggest works for further reading and encourage student research.