Left of mainstream : genre fiction and its ability to transcend formula

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dc.contributor.advisor Kingery, Margaret en_US
dc.contributor.author Crotty, Tammy J. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:40:43Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:40:43Z
dc.date.created 2005 en_US
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 2005 .C76 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/188013
dc.description.abstract This collection of short stories studies the elements of genre fiction and applies them to literary fiction. Science fiction, fantasy, and horror have specific manners in which they speak to an audience. By using these elements, for example the desensitization of the current generation of readers to most horrors, an author can demonstrate the core of the human relationship to pain, faith, or hope. Though some genre fiction seems to fit certain formulas, there are also horror or science fiction stories which do not fit a conventional mold. This collection sets forth to break away from genre fiction conventions. Also, this project utilizes the genre of magical realism, which is the medium between genre fiction and literary fiction, by using fantastic events within a mundane setting to emphasize the author's ideas. By bridging the gap between genres, magical realism reveals how interrelated the elements of all genres are. In this study stories use magical and horrifying events while maintaining an intention beyond the formulaic thrill. Therefore, genre fiction can have a place amongst literature.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.format.extent viii, 82 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Science fiction, American -- 21st century. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Fantasy fiction, American -- 21st century. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Horror tales, American -- 21st century. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Magic realism (Literature) en_US
dc.title Left of mainstream : genre fiction and its ability to transcend formula en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1313073 en_US

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