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The Nineteenth-Century Dime Western, Boyhood, and Empowered Adolescence

Martin Woodside

an avid fan of dime novels, so much so that he had nicknamed himself “Kansas Charley.” The murder made tantalizing headlines, playing on the fears of anxious middle-class parents and pedagogues. One report warns that despite “his extreme youth

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Travelling Detectives

Twofold Mobility in the Appropriation of Crime Fiction in Interwar Germany

Christian Huck

This article is concerned with travelling detectives in two different but related senses. On the one hand, it considers the relevance of trains and other vehicles of mobility for detective fiction, both as a topic of fiction and a place of consumption. On the other hand, it registers that detective fiction has to “travel“ in a more abstract sense before the reading traveler can enjoy it. German publishers appropriated the genre, originally a nineteenth-century American and British invention, at the beginning of the twentieth century. Based on contemporary observations by German cultural critics Walter Benjamin and Siegfried Kracauer, the essay examines German crime-fiction dime novels from the interwar period, compares them to their American predecessors, and analyzes their relationship to mobility and cultural transfer. The text argues that the spatial mobility of the fictional detective is only possible in a specific cultural environment to which the moving but corporeally immobile reader has to be transferred imaginatively.

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Diederik F. Janssen

received much of researchers’ attention (despite substantial attention to dime novels and boys’ literature of this period). Woodside chronicles how Beadle & Adams Half Dime Library, catering to the boy demographic for more than 28 years between 1877 and

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Companions and Villains

Reading about Boys in Early Twentieth-Century Girl Scout and Camp Fire Girl Series Fiction

Jennifer Helgren

, violence, and deceit of the popular dime novels. Young characters exhibit agency, “making responsible decisions under their own power” even when their voices “were often ignored in real life” ( Hamilton-Honey 2013: 96 ). Series fiction's most famous

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Reframing the Western Genre in Bande dessinée, from Hollywood to Ledger Art

An Intermedial Perspective

Nicolas Martinez

literature and the visual arts (painting, photography, cinema). These recurrent elements can be found in dime novels and Western novels that often come illustrated—already in the early occurrences—and in Western films, but equally in paintings, photography

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“But the Child Is Flighty, Playful, Curious”

Working-Class Boyhood and the Policing of Play in Belle Époque Paris

Miranda Sachs

This interest in theft was perhaps due to the fascination some of these young boys had with crime and criminals. Dabit describes his friends playing at cops and robbers, and alludes to reading dime novels about the detective Nick Carter. 31 With these