Welcome to Text in Transit: A guide to genre in popular literature.


Welcome to Text in Transit!

This project brings together transitory pieces of popular literature: portable, forgettable, ephemeral and tossable. These objects have been undervalued for too long, and should be regarded as markers of both literary and popular culture.

The website provides a taxonomy of the genres of popular literature, and investigates what makes each genre what it is. By navigating through the categories presented, we can recognize and come to understand what ordinary people are reading as they move through their daily lives.

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    • Total genres in database: 45
    • Total images in database: 569

    Featured genre:

    Mickey Spillane, <i>My Gun is Quick</i>

    Hard-boiled mystery
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