Anti-Foreign Imagery in American Pulps and Comic Books, 1920–1960

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McFarland, Jan 10, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 236 pages
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In this thorough history, the author demonstrates, via the popular literature (primarily pulp magazines and comic books) of the 1920s to about 1960, that the stories therein drew their definitions of heroism and villainy from an overarching, nativist fear of outsiders that had existed before World War I but intensified afterwards. These depictions were transferred to America’s “new” enemies, both following U.S. entry into the Second World War and during the early stages of the Cold War. Anti-foreign narratives showed a growing emphasis on ideological, as opposed to racial or ethnic, differences—and early signs of the coming “multiculturalism”—indicating that pure racism was not the sole reason for nativist rhetoric in popular literature. The process of change in America’s nativist sentiments, so virulent after the First World War, are revealed by the popular, inexpensive escapism of the time, pulp magazines and comic books.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
13
The American Pulps Between the World Wars 19191935
41
The American Pulps and Comic Books of World War II 19351945
88
The American Pulps and Comic Books of the Early Cold War 19461956
146
Conclusion
202
Chapter Notes
211
Bibliography
223
Index
231
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Nathan Vernon Madison is currently a researcher on the “Tredegar Works” Project at the American Civil War Center and has written for the Library of Virginia’s Dictionary of Virginia Biographies, the magazine Blood ’n’ Thunder, the encyclopedic series Comics Through Time and the online Pulp Magazines Project. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

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