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In this pioneering work about the precursor to the comic book, Kelly Boyd traces the evolution of the boys' story paper and its impact on the imaginative world of working-class readers. From the penny dreadful and the Boy's Own Paper to the tales of Billy Bunter and Sexton Blake, this cultural form shaped ideas about gender, race, class and empire in response to social change. This study is an important analysis of a neglected part of popular culture.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780333641729
ISBN-10: 0333641728
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 140mm x 20mm)
Pages: 284
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 5-Nov-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Kelly Boyd

KELLY BOYD is a Senior Lecturer in History and American Studies at Middlesex University, London. She edited the Encyclopaedia of Historians and Historical Writing and has published articles on masculinity and boys' reading.

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