Abstract

Harry Hershfield's "Desperate Desmond" exemplifies the intertextuality of sensational melodrama in the 1910s, especially between motion pictures and comic strips. Documenting Hershfield's sources and analyzing the narrative strategies of his strip and its motion picture adaptations, this essay theorizes "cliffhanger continuity" as a special, commercially expedient feature of serial publication.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2578-4919
Print ISSN
2578-4900
Pages
pp. 3-25
Launched on MUSE
2009-01-15
Open Access
No
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