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The Difference Within

Kinohi Nishikawa

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226586885
eISBN:
9780226587073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226587073.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

By the late 1970s, black pulp fiction experienced formulaic saturation, as Joseph Nazel continued to churn out forgettable books and Leo Guild returned to the fold to write voyeuristic erotica. At ... More


Street Legends

Kinohi Nishikawa

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226586885
eISBN:
9780226587073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226587073.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Holloway House’s first African American authors were Robert Beck, an ex-convict who went by the pen name Iceberg Slim, and Robert H. deCoy, a local writer. For years, Bentley Morriss sold the idea ... More


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

Kinohi Nishikawa

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226586885
eISBN:
9780226587073
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226587073.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Black pulp fiction flourished as a popular literary genre in the final quarter of the twentieth century. The genre's market success belied the fact that it was published by a single company for over ... More


Up from Domesticity

Kinohi Nishikawa

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226586885
eISBN:
9780226587073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226587073.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Holloway House was created to turn copy from two midcentury pinup magazines, Adam and Sir Knight (later renamed Knight), into mass-market paperbacks. The entities were integrated under the ownership ... More


Black Sleaze

Kinohi Nishikawa

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226586885
eISBN:
9780226587073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226587073.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Though Iceberg Slim’s books inevitably attracted the attention of urban black readers, white men remained Holloway House’s target audience in the late 1960s. To the extent that the company and its ... More


Difference and Repetition

Kinohi Nishikawa

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226586885
eISBN:
9780226587073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226587073.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter describes the streamlining of production that occurred in the early years of the black literary underground. In editing and writing for Players, Wanda Coleman wanted to steer the ... More


Reading the Street

Kinohi Nishikawa

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226586885
eISBN:
9780226587073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226587073.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

In the second half of the 1970s, Holloway House and Players magazine were made to mirror each other to a great degree. This was signaled by the return of Iceberg Slim. He authenticated his narrative ... More


Missing the Revolution

Kinohi Nishikawa

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226586885
eISBN:
9780226587073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226587073.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Sleaze inevitably found its way into urban black neighborhoods, where politically conscious elements of the community were deeply skeptical of Iceberg Slim’s, and Holloway House’s, intentions. This ... More


Return of the Mack

Kinohi Nishikawa

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226586885
eISBN:
9780226587073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226587073.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

While Iceberg Slim stumbled into the Black Power era, an unknown quantity named Donald Goines began publishing books with Holloway House that were distinct from sleaze. This chapter shows how Goines, ... More


Keeping It Reel: From Goines to Gangsta

in Under a Bad Sign: Criminal Self-Representation in African American Popular Culture

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226550350
eISBN:
9780226550374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226550374.003.0006
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines the way gangsta culture became symbolically central to American popular culture in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It suggests that hip hop cinema's gangster/gangsta ... More


Epilogue: And Back Again

Kinohi Nishikawa

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226586885
eISBN:
9780226587073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226587073.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

The book concludes by revisiting Stuart Hall’s essay “What Is This ‘Black’ in Black Popular Culture?” and suggests that race, for Holloway House, was a sliding signifier of competing interests and ... More


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