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Penny Dreadfuls, Story Papers, and Protosuperheroes (1825–1935)

Chris Murray

in The British Superhero

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781496807373
eISBN:
9781496807410
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496807373.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines the tradition of periodical adventure stories that existed in Britain during the period 1825–1935, focusing on “story papers” and “penny bloods,” also known as “penny ... More


Mass Production: Impossible London’s Criminal Subjects

Ted Geier

in Meat Markets: The Cultural History of Bloody London

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474424714
eISBN:
9781474434522
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424714.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Considers mass readership and the ‘tastes’ it produces. Maps the history of criminals and execution spectacles, particularly as addressed by the London ‘public’ voices of Defoe and Dickens. Connects ... More


The British Superhero

Chris Murray

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781496807373
eISBN:
9781496807410
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496807373.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This book reveals the largely unknown and rather surprising history of the British superhero. It is often thought that Britain did not have its own superheroes, yet this book demonstrates that there ... More


Introduction

Ian Cooper

in Frightmares: A History of British Horror Cinema

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780993071737
eISBN:
9781800341937
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780993071737.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses how British horror films reveal the British national psyche as the heritage film or the social realist drama. It describes the British horror film as the site where high- and ... More


The Gothic Impulse – Vampirism

Wheeler Winston Dixon

in The Films of Terence Fisher

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325345
eISBN:
9781800342279
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325345.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter analyses how Terrence Fisher's and Hammer Studios's use of a mechanistic medium to distribute film mirrors the use of the printing press to first publish the “Penny Dreadfuls” in ... More


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