Kiosk Literature of Silver Age Spain: Modernity and Mass Culture
edited by Jeffrey Zamostny and Susan Larson
Intellect Books, 2017
Paper: 978-1-78320-665-0
Library of Congress Classification PQ6073.P62K56 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 860.90062

The so-called “Silver Age” of Spain ran from 1898 to the rise of Franco in 1939 and was characterized by intense urbanization, widespread class struggle and mobility, and a boom in mass culture. This book offers a close look at one manifestation of that mass culture: weekly collections of short, often pocket-sized books sold in urban kiosks at low prices. These series published a wide range of literature in a variety of genres and formats, but their role as disseminators of erotic and anarchist fiction led them to be censored by the Franco dictatorship. This book offers the most detailed scholarly analysis of kiosk literature to date, examining the kiosk phenomenon through the lens of contemporary interdisciplinary theories of urban space, visuality, celebrity, gender and sexuality, and the digital humanities.

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