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dc.contributor.advisor Ferraro, Thomas J. en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Radway, Janice A. en_US
dc.contributor.author Nishikawa, Kinohi en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-10T20:17:22Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-01T04:30:05Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/2451
dc.description Dissertation en_US
dc.description.abstract <p>"Reading the Street" chronicles the rise of black pulp fiction in the post-civil rights era from the perspective of its urban readership. Black pulp fiction was originally published in the late 1960s and early 1970s; it consisted of paperback novels about tough male characters navigating the pitfalls of urban life. These novels appealed mainly to inner-city readers who felt left out of civil rights' and Black Power's promises of social equality. Despite the historic achievements of the civil rights movement, entrenched structural inequalities led to America's ghettos becoming sites of concentrated poverty, rampant unemployment, and violent crime. While mainstream society seemed to turn a blind eye to how these problems were destroying inner-city communities, readers turned to black pulp fiction for the imaginative resources that would help them reflect on their social reality. In black pulp fiction, readers found confirmation that America was not on the path toward extending equal opportunities to its most vulnerable citizens, or that the rise of Black Power signaled a change in their fortunes. Yet in black pulp fiction readers also found confirmation that their lives as marginalized subjects possessed a value of its own, and that their day-to-day struggles opened up new ways of "being black" amid the blight of the inner city.</p> en_US
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dc.subject American Studies en_US
dc.subject African American Studies en_US
dc.subject Literature, American en_US
dc.subject African American culture en_US
dc.subject African American literature en_US
dc.subject Donald Goines en_US
dc.subject History of reading en_US
dc.subject History of the book en_US
dc.subject Iceberg Slim en_US
dc.title Reading the Street: Iceberg Slim, Donald Goines, and the Rise of Black Pulp Fiction en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.department Literature en_US
duke.embargo.months 24 en_US

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