Manliness and the Boys’ Story Paper in Britain: A Cultural History, 1855–1940

  • Authors
  • Kelly Boyd

Part of the Studies in Gender History book series (SGH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction: Fiction for the Working Lad

  3. Readers and Writers

  4. ‘Revel in Your Boyhood’: Varieties of Masculinity

  5. Manliness and the Other

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 181-274

About this book


In this pioneering work about the precursor to the comic book, Kelly Boyd traces the evolution of the boys' story paper and its impact on the imaginative world of working-class readers. From the penny dreadful and the Boy's Own Paper to the tales of Billy Bunter and Sexton Blake, this cultural form shaped ideas about gender, race, class and empire in response to social change. This study is an important analysis of a neglected part of popular culture.


comic cultural history fiction gender Great Britain social change William Blake women

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2003
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-39536-1
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-59718-1
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