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Elizabethan Pulp Fiction

The Example of Richard Johnson

Naomi C. Liebler

Richard Johnson, sometime apprentice and later producer of a baker’s dozen of very popular works of prose and verse, would today be dismissed as a hack. That he was noticed at all in his day and since then, however, suggests that his work has an important place in the record of how, and why, reading became not only a leisure-time activity of a late Elizabethan and Jacobean citizenry, but also both a marker and maker of an emerging English bourgeois self-consciousness. His Most Famous History of the Seven Champions of Christendom (Part 1: STC 14677; Part 2: STC 14678), a prose romance of epic proportions regarding the exploits of St George, with token attention to the other six, was one of the more popular works of the late Elizabethan and Jacobean periods.

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A Wolf’s Eye View of London

Dracula, Penny Dreadful, and the Logic of Repetition

Dragoş Manea

steampunk elements and modern pulp tropes (for instance, Vlad Țepeşșs favourite sword is the Japanese katana). As will be further demonstrated, the two series marry the familiar with the strange. Ethan Chandler, one of the most important characters in Penny

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Kavita Mudan Finn

, Meg crossed the room and peered out. Somewhere, at the far end of the vertiginous drop to Park Avenue, she could see a growing crowd of people clustered around the smashed pulp that had once been Police Chief Bill Hastings. ‘Oh, Jesus Fucking Christ

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Simone Fryer-Bovair

Graal ’, in Pulp Fictions of Medieval England: Essays in Popular Romance , ed. Nicola McDonald (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004), 171–96, esp. 193. 7 C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves (London: Harper Collins, 1960), 148. Lewis’s emphasis. 8