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Gary Hoppenstand
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Film Studies l 20th-Century and Contemporary Literature

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Gary Hoppenstand is a Professor in the Department of English at Michigan State University. He currently serves as the Secretary for Academic Governance at MSU. Hoppenstand's major research areas are genre and formula studies in popular fiction, graphic novels, and film. He has published twenty-four books, including nine scholarly reprint editions of classics novels for Signet Classics and Penguin Classics, and over sixty scholarly articles on topics ranging from popular culture studies, to literary studies, to media studies. His next two books to be published include an anthology of his essays on adventure literature and an edited collection of scholarly articles about thriller writer Dean Koontz. In addition, he is currently the book series editor for the "Comics Monograph Series," published by the R.I.T. Press. Hoppenstand's early work as editor of the periodical, Midnight Sun, was twice nominated for the "World Fantasy Award," and his Popular Fiction: An Anthology (Longman) won the Popular Culture Association's "Best Book" award in the Textbook/Reference category for 1997. As the series editor of the six-volume "Greenwood World Encyclopedia of Popular Culture," he was again the recipient of the "Best Book" award for 2007 for the Reference/Primary Source Work category. He is a former Area Chair, Vice-President, and President of the national Popular Culture Association, and he served for eleven years as the editor of The Journal of Popular Culture, the most widely read and cited peer-reviewed scholarly journal in its field in the world. He has won the top scholarly honor of the national Popular Culture Association-"The Governing Board Award"-in 2008 ("for his contributions to popular culture studies and the Popular Culture Association"). At Michigan State University, he has won the College of Arts & Letters 2008 "Paul Varg Award for Faculty" ("in recognition of outstanding teaching and scholarly achievement"), and Michigan State University's 2008 "Distinguished Faculty Award" ("in recognition of outstanding contributions to the intellectual development of the University").


Pop Culture: The Basics. Routledge, 2018. 

Clive Barker's Short Stories: Imagination As Metaphor in the Books of Blood and Other Works. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, 1994.

Pulp Fiction of the 1920s and 1930s. Hackensack: Salem Press, 2013.

"Introduction." An African Millionaire. Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 2012. 

Critical Insights: Stephen King. Pasadena, Calif: Salem Press, 2010.