Originally posted on Google+, but equally relevant here:
Need recommendations from you all. I’m teaching a course called Writing About Postcolonialism and Genre Fiction and I want to couple the postco genre text with a short, representative example of the literary tradition in a particular genre. So, I’m asking you for your recommendations and opinions. I’ve got a lot of things in mind, but I haven’t read everything and it’s possible there’s a perfect story that I don’t know about…which you have read.
This is what I’m looking for (short fiction, novelettes, novellas, but no novels if possible):
- Golden Age or Pulp Era Space Opera (the high octane kind of stuff that best represents SF of the period)
- Medical Thriller
- General Thriller
- Crime or Detective Mystery
- Fairytale (perhaps a specific Western tradition, or specific tales)
Right now, I’m considering things like Smith’s Lensman Series, Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Shorts, some of Poul Anderson’s shorts, and selections from Grimm’s fairytales (among other things).
That’s a lot of genres, I know. I just want to saturate my head with as many possibilities so I can find the perfect combo for this class. Crowd sourcing literature classes FTW!
(A quick clarification: I’m not looking for contemporary examples, as much of the texts I’m using on the postco side are from the last 40ish years. I want to show how they arise from a solid literary genre tradition, if that makes sense.)