Oxford Literary Festival, 29 March 2014
Elizabeth Edmondson, supporting the motion.
To begin with, I dislike both these terms. Genre fiction is a nasty neologism – when did genre turn into an adjective?
I object to the term literary fiction for a different reason. It’s weasel-wording, in that it conflates lit fic with literature. It was clever, clever marketing by publishers and academics to set certain contemporary fiction apart and declare it Literature – and therefore Important, Art and somehow better than other writing. Read More