Street Players: Black Pulp Fiction and the Making of a Literary Underground

Author:   Kinohi Nishikawa
Publisher:   The University of Chicago Press
ISBN:  

9780226586885


Pages:   288
Publication Date:   05 March 2019
Format:   Hardback
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Author:   Kinohi Nishikawa
Publisher:   The University of Chicago Press
Imprint:   University of Chicago Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.70cm , Height: 2.80cm , Length: 23.10cm
Weight:   0.544kg
ISBN:  

9780226586885


ISBN 10:   022658688
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   05 March 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Nishikawa not only pinpoints a key player in the rise of black pulp fiction, he successfully sheds light on an important consideration: that the cultural milieu of post-World War II America was fraught with masculine anxiety that existed alongside a unique brand of racial animus. By indexing the breadth, scope, and depths of this world, Nishikawa delineates the marketing and creative energies Holloway House harnessed to create a literary counterpublic, a highly race-specific and culturally attuned literary practice whose near-total disregard for the kinds of truth claims generally associated with realist fiction created a circumstance that privileged political incorrectness and disjunctive behavior. A very deft interrogation. --Herman Beavers, University of Pennsylvania author of Wrestling Angels into Song: The Fictions of Ernest J. Gaines and James Alan McPherson Street Players is among the rarest of the rare: a work of literary history that makes an important scholarly intervention while at the same time telling a story that will be widely interesting far beyond the halls of an English department. Nishikawa's groundbreaking original research newly narrates a significant period in twentieth-century African American literature. At once a deep history of a single publishing house and a wide-ranging examination of class, gender, and black readership in the postwar era, Street Players contributes to the ongoing project of historicizing seemingly self-evident concepts such as authenticity and appropriation. A standout, a definitive and authoritative history of a minor genre that takes black pulp from the margins of more established fields to their center. --Shane Vogel, Indiana University, Bloomington author of Stolen Time and The Scene of Harlem Cabaret


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Kinohi Nishikawa is assistant professor of English and African American studies at Princeton University.

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