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Women and the World of Dime Novels

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This website takes a closer look at eleven selections from the almost 1,000-item collection of dime novels at the American Antiquarian Society (AAS). The sections of the site are organized around the tropes found in dime novels, the female characters, and there's also a listing of the titles. The Tropes section identifies six common figures found in dime novels, discussing example characters and the novels in which they may be found. For example, "ruined woman" Emeline Lawrence is a character in The Midnight Lamp; or, Life in the Empire City. The ordinary wife of a Boston businessman, Emeline is lured away to New York City by a young man named Martin Haley. The book ends badly for Emeline; believing she has stabbed Martin, she goes mad and is sent to an insane asylum. Librarians and archivists will be pleased to learn that this website grew out of a cataloging project. Brenna Bychowski, a cataloger in the North American Imprints Program at AAS, says that in order to properly describe the novels, she "immersed [herself] not only in their complicated publishing history, but also in the novels themselves." Also of interest to cultural heritage professionals, the website is powered by Omeka, the digital publishing software designed especially for scholars, museums, libraries, and archives.
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Date of Scout Publication 2016-07-22
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2016/0722

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