Bestsellers

In this half-term course, we will survey some of the larger-than-life heroes, femmes fatales, and exotic worlds that filled the pages of the best-selling genres of pulp fiction. The syllabus likely will range from detective stories to action to sci-fi, and from Victorian precursors to major pulp magazine stories of the early twentieth century, and onto media forms fundamentally influenced by pulp. Works may include fiction, comics, and films by: Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, H. Rider Haggard, H. G. Wells, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Dashiell Hammett, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, John Huston, and Quentin Tarantino.