'A Real Shocker': Authenticity, genre and the struggle for distinction

@article{Jancovich2000ARS,
  title={'A Real Shocker': Authenticity, genre and the struggle for distinction},
  author={Mark Jancovich},
  journal={Continuum},
  year={2000},
  volume={14},
  pages={23 - 35}
}
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