Dime Novels

The Second Generation

braveandbold For the thousands of young Americans, both male and female, who enjoyed dime fiction, the boy hero offered escape from an increasingly entrenched societal framework. Yet many boy heroes were second-generation domestications of iconic heroes whose ability to imagine new societies was comparatively limited. Focusing on two second-generation boy heroes, Western outlaw Deadwood Dick Jr. and urban detective Young Broadbrim, this exhibit seeks to define how boy heroes both reflected popular frustrations and re-inscribed dominant cultural mythologies.

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