Popular Culture

Popular Culture
Paper instructions:
Choose a piece of popular fiction—novel, short story, graphic novel, or comic book—and research the material through the lens of popular culture and its effect on society.

Prepare a 700- to 1050-word analysis that includes a critique of that work and a commentary on the influence of the work in popular culture. Address the following:

• Identify the literary production you chose to focus on. Provide a brief overview of what the piece is about, the author’s background, and how the piece fits or does not fit with other literature of that genre.

• What is the cultural significance of the work? Reflect on whether the piece is considered economically successful or if it has fan followings.

• What cultural values are reinforced or challenged in the work?

Consider the following examples:

• How the Harry Potter novels are encouraging young adults to read
• Does the Twilight series reinforce or challenge traditional gender roles?
• The quest for truth in the novels of Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons


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