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By Paula Rabinowitz

"Focusing on vital episodes in pulp historical past, Rabinowitz appears on the wide-ranging results of unfastened paperbacks allotted to international warfare II servicemen and girls; how pulps brought on very important censorship and primary modification circumstances; how a few homosexual ladies learn pulp lesbian novels as how-to-dress manuals; the not going visual appeal in pulp technology fiction of early representations of the Holocaust; how writers and artists

"American Pulp tells the tale of the midcentury golden age of pulp paperbacks and the way they introduced modernism to major highway, democratized literature and concepts, spurred social mobility, and helped readers style new identities. Drawing on vast unique study, Paula Rabinowitz reveals the far-reaching political, social, and aesthetic effect of the pulps among the past due Thirties and early 1960s."--Provided by way of publisher. Read more...

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Strolling by advertising billboards and the other trashy emblems of modern urban culture along the “one-­way streets” in late 1920s Berlin, Walter Benjamin found the secret to the “insoluble antinomies” of contemporary life in “The Newspaper,” among many other ephemera. ”34 Contemporary studies of modernisms, the multiple means through which modernity found its expression, have extended the range of what literary history traditionally calls modernism. In “The Waste Land,” T. S. ” His characterization of the streets influenced subsequent literary criticism, which cast high-­modernist texts in an agonistic struggle to reclaim cultural authority from the unwashed masses.

The distinctions between what could be read in private or in public were not obvious. Moreover, pulps’ global invasion was not a simultaneous occurrence; their incursion into readers’ homes varied across nations. As Pritham K. Chakravarthy recalls from her 1960s childhood in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, the serialized fiction that was read at her proper home—­with stories yanked out and hardbound for summer reading—­were not the racy fare she and her friends imbibed on the school bus from other more sensational magazines read by the driver: “I remember when this story [En Peyar Kamala by Pushpa Thangadurai] was being serialized in the mid-­seventies.

A story of quotidian objects, widely available and yet also somehow secreted or forgotten, this book meanders across law, art, government, war, literary forms, race relations, sexuality, crime, and popular media, which all intersect within the economics of publishing. It’s a many-­hydra-­headed beast, opening to scrutiny a history of reading in modernist America. Communities of readers developed literally out of the pockets and pocketbooks of Americans. Pulp’s materials and institutions helped determine the trajectory of modern life for the rest of the American Century and on into our postmodernist moment of the ostensibly paperless office and e-­book.

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