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Tabloid, Inc. provides the first extended study of the rich exchange between New York’s tabloid press and other narrative frames, including Hollywood crime film, museum exhibits, and hard-boiled fiction. Armed with hard-to-find early issues of the New York Daily News, the New York Daily Mirror, and the Evening Graphic, V. Penelope Pelizzon and Nancy M. West trace crime stories from the late 1920s through the 1940s across often-contentious borders between different narrative sites. Rather than dismissing the early tabloids as fodder for “gutter vamps and backyard sheiks,” as one critic called them, the authors treat these papers as distinctive literary venues typified by extreme flexibility in storytelling. The papers’ historically denigrated social status prompts the authors to study what they call “narrative mobility”―the process by which a story, in transiting from one medium, genre, or mode to another, reveals the underlying class boundaries that circumscribe that movement. Combining narrative theory with cultural, literary, and film studies, Tabloid, Inc. marshals a wealth of little-seen archival material that includes not only the pages of the tabloids themselves but also Hollywood press books, studio correspondence, and fabulous though now-forgotten movies.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-22
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  1. Part One
  1. 1. For Shopgirls and Stenographers: Narrative Mobility, Hollywood Advertising, and the Tabloids
  2. pp. 25-52
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  1. 2. "Ripped Right off the Front Pages:" Narrative Mobility and Warner Bros.' Headline News Policy
  2. pp. 53-86
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  1. 3. Trading Tommy Guns for Typewriters: Narrative Mobility and the Tabloid Racketeer Cycle
  2. pp. 87-114
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  1. Part Two
  1. 4. Multiple Indemnity: Tabloid Melodrama, Narrative Mobility, and James M. Cain
  2. pp. 117-144
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  1. 5. "Crime Is My Oyster:" Weegee's Narrative Mobility
  2. pp. 145-178
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  1. Coda
  2. pp. 179-186
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 187-195
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 196-209
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 210-221
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