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Minor Characters Have Their Day: Genre and the Contemporary Literary Marketplace

Jeremy Rosen


How do genres develop? In what ways do they reflect changing political and cultural trends? What do they tell us about the motivations of publishers and readers? Combining close readings and formal analysis with a sociology of literary institutions and markets, Minor Characters Have Their Day offers a compelling new approach to genre study and contemporary fiction. Focusing on the booming genre of books that transform minor characters from canonical literary texts into the protagonists of new works, Jeremy Rosen makes broader claims about the state of contemporary fiction, the strategies of th ... More

Keywords: Genre, Contemporary Fiction, Literary Characters, Literary Sociology, Publishing Industry, Intertextuality, Rewritings of Classics, Minor characters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231177443
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231177443.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeremy Rosen, author
University of Utah