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The Oxford History of Popular Print CultureVolume Six: US Popular Print Culture 1860-1920$
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Christine Bold

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199234066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199234066.001.0001

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Early Motion Pictures and Popular Print Culture

Early Motion Pictures and Popular Print Culture

A Web of Ephemera

(p.191) Chapter 9 Early Motion Pictures and Popular Print Culture
The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture

Richard Abel

Amy Rodgers

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the links, borrowings, and exchanges between early motion pictures and popular print culture and how they combined to mediate social and cultural relations in the United States in the early twenty-first century. It begins with a discussion on the strands binding motion pictures to popular print culture, including vaudeville and nickelodeons, before turning to earlier manuals for writing short stories and the introduction of single-reel film programmes in movie theatres. It then considers the tie-ins between movies and various forms of popular fiction before concluding with an analysis of the emergence of juvenile series fiction about moviemaking as a new category of serial fiction.

Keywords:   motion pictures, popular print culture, cultural relations, United States, vaudeville, nickelodeons, short stories, single-reel film programmes, popular fiction, juvenile series

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