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The Oxford History of Popular Print CultureVolume Six: US Popular Print Culture 1860-1920$
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Christine Bold

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199234066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199234066.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture
Author(s):
Christine Bold
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199234066.003.0001

This book investigates popular print culture in America between 1860 and 1920. It examines the production of popular print forms and the processes underlying their reception, and how cheap publications released by mainstream and alternative presses shaped — and were shaped by — major events of the era such as the American Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, mass education and women’s enfranchisement, and violence against ethnic groups and ‘new’ immigrants. The book looks at published materials that were newly accessible and affordable in this period, from books and dime novels to newspapers and magazines, advertising leaflets, tracts and pamphlets, and story papers. It also explores how print pervaded other media such as performance, oral expression, and still and moving pictures. The book consists of three parts: Part I considers the material conditions and qualities of popular print forms, Part II focuses on selected genres (literary modes, patterns, and formulas) that proliferated during the period, and Part III presents case studies that offer insights into historicised moments of popular print culture.

Keywords:   popular print culture, books, dime novels, newspapers, magazines, advertising leaflets, pamphlets, performance, oral expression, genres

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