...a valuable addition to the literature on the genres addressed...Upper-division undergraduate and graduate students; general readers.
This collection turns long-withheld serious attention to several scorned genres, including detective fiction, westerns, romance novels, war adventures, and horror stories.
^IScorned Literature:Essays on the History and Criticism of Popular Mass-Produced Fiction in America^R provides fresh and provocative insights into American culture. A worthy and informative compilation of essays on the controversial response to popular fiction in the 19th century and 20th centuries, it is a valuable addition to any library with holdings in mass-produced culture.
Dime novels, romance novels, story papers, pulp magazines, juvenile series, and comics-what do these share in common? They are all forms of popular literature that have been scorned in our culture as inferior. ^IScorned Literature^R reveals that such popular literature often reveals as nuanced views of human culture as any other form of literature. This insightful and varied anthology opens up new vistas for exploring such work.
The essays in this book illuminate the incredibly rich history of our favorite kinds of fiction. It is a history that is at grave risk of being lost to us forever because of elitist critics do not consider it sufficiently important to be preserved. But the greatest contribution these essays make is to lift the veil that those same critics have tried to throw over scorned lit. The contributors to the volume reveal what so many earnest and serious folks have gone to such great lengths to ignore or deny: The seething, roiling, power and incredible diversity of the creative forces at work in the stories and novels traditionally treated as scorned literature.
By focusing on a wide variety of genres--dime novels, pulps, story papers, romances, detective stories, comics, books for children or adolescents, series books, and cheap reprints--over two centuries, this collection illuminates the common class-based, sexist, and political underpinnings of much of what passes for highminded cultural criticism of mass entertainment.
This unique collection of critical essays examines several genres with more than a single critical approach. New criticism, feminist criticism, character studies, as well as historical and sociological methods are used to effect.