Aesthetics and Popular Literature

Oleh :
Sri Kusumo Habsari - 196703231995122001 - Fak. Ilmu Budaya

Popular literature is often absent from literary analysis. Some scholars consider it as a trash literature because it is consumed only for killing time, for enjoyment only, and it is put in bin after reading it. As part of commodity culture, the question is “could we analyze popular literature in the unique achievement of the writer, while in term of production it is collective?” Another question is “could we apply some approaches of high literature of the traditional method of humanities scholarship” or “could we apply traditional modes of aesthetic analysis to popular literature?” The purpose of this paper is to look at the key concepts of aesthetics and to consider the possibility of some allowance to look at popular literature in term of aesthetics.