© 1996

Cult Fiction

Popular Reading and Pulp Theory

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Et In Arcadia Ego

  3. Ars Gratia Artis

  4. Requiescat

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 241-262

About this book


Here is an exploration of pulp literature and pulp mentalities: an investigation into the nature and theory of the contemporary mind in art and in life. Here too, the violent, the sensational and the erotic signify different facets of the modern experience played out in the gaudy pages of kitsch literature. Clive Bloom offers the reader a chance to investigate the underworld of literary production and from it find a new set of co-ordinates for questions regarding publishing and reading practices in America and Britain, ideas of genre, problems related to commercial production, concerns regarding high and low culture, the canon and censorship, as well as a discussion of the rhetoric of current critical debate. Concentrating on remembered authors as well as many long disregarded or forgotten, Cult Fiction provides a theory of kitsch art that radically alters our perceptions of literature and literary values whilst providing a panorama of an almost forgotten history: the history of pulp.


art Britain culture experience fiction genre Great Britain law literature living nature play publishing revolution rhetoric

About the authors

Clive Bloom is Emeritus Professor of English and American Studies at Middlesex University, UK. Widely published and Series Editor of Palgrave Macmillan's Crime Files series, he is the author of Violent London and Riot City, amongst many other titles.

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