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Author Nishikawa, Kinohi, author.

Title Street players : black pulp fiction and the making of a literary underground / Kinohi Nishikawa.

Published Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2018.


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 UniM Bail  813.009896073 NISH    AVAILABLE
1 copy ordered for UniM Bail on 01-02-2019.
Physical description 305 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-290) and index.
Contents Introduction: from sleaze to street -- Origins -- Up from domesticity -- Street legends -- Black sleaze -- Transitions -- Missing the revolution -- Return of The Mack -- Trajectories -- Difference and repetition -- Reading the street -- The difference within -- Epilogue: and back again.
Summary The uncontested center of the black pulp fiction universe for more than four decades was the Los Angeles publisher Holloway House. From the late 1960s until it closed in 2008, Holloway House specialized in cheap paperbacks with page-turning narratives featuring black protagonists in crime stories, conspiracy thrillers, prison novels, and Westerns. From Iceberg Slim's Pimp to Donald Goines's Never Die Alone, the thread that tied all of these books together--and made them distinct from the majority of American pulp - was an unfailing veneration of black masculinity. Zeroing in on Holloway House, Street Players explores how this world of black pulp fiction was produced, received, and recreated over time and across different communities of readers.Kinohi Nishikawa contends that black pulp fiction was built on white readers' fears of the feminization of society--and the appeal of black masculinity as a way to counter it. In essence, it was the original form of blaxploitation: a strategy of mass-marketing race to suit the reactionary fantasies of a white audience. But while chauvinism and misogyny remained troubling yet constitutive aspects of this literature, from 1973 onward, Holloway House moved away from publishing sleaze for a white audience to publishing solely for black readers. The standard account of this literary phenomenon is based almost entirely on where this literature ended up: in the hands of black, male, working-class readers. When it closed, Holloway House was synonymous with genre fiction written by black authors for black readers - a field of cultural production that Nishikawa terms the black literary underground.
Subject Holloway House Publishing Co.
American fiction -- African American authors -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Urban fiction, American -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
African Americans in literature.
Race in literature.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
ISBN 9780226586885 (cloth ;) (alk. paper)
9780226586915 (paperback;) (alk. paper)
9780226587073 (e-book)