Know Your Audience: Middlebrow aesthetic and literary positioning in the fiction of P.G. Wodehouse

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Abstract

This essay strives to explain Wodehouse’s status as a popular writer, whose work is read with enjoyment by academics, critics and the general reader alike, as resulting from his particular positioning within the literary field, scrutinizing his relationship to both popular commercial fiction and avant-garde literary output. It argues that Wodehouse as a writer of enduring popularity and yet non-canonical status fits in with a range of critical discourses of the middlebrow, both modern and contemporary.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMiddlebrow Wodehouse: P.G. Wodehouse's Work in Context
EditorsAnn Rea
Place of PublicationFarnham
PublisherAshgate
Pages16-33
Number of pages310
ISBN (Print)9781472454485
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016

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