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The Oxford History of Popular Print CultureVolume Six: US Popular Print Culture 1860-1920$
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Christine Bold

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199234066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199234066.001.0001

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Mexican / American

Mexican / American

The Making of Borderlands Print Culture

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(p.457) Chapter 22 Mexican / American
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The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture
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Kirsten Silva Gruesz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199234066.003.0023

This chapter explores Mexican/American print cultures in the period between 1860 and 1920. Focusing on ‘the hundreds of forgotten newspapers from the Spanish-speaking borderlands’, it looks at the power of print in mediating complex histories of struggle and alliance in transnational, translocal, and multilingual forms. The chapter first provides a chronological and regional overview of Spanish-language print culture before discussing the ways in which the popular print culture of Mexican/America both resembles and differs from that of the United States. It also examines the work of Spanish-language writers such as María Amparo Ruíz de Burton and María Cristina Mena to demonstrate how authorship produces an impoverished view of the literary field of Mexican/America. Finally, it considers the power of authorship to describe and call into being complex social networks and outlines directions for further research.

Keywords:   newspapers, borderlands, Spanish-language print culture, popular print culture, Mexican/America, United States, María Amparo Ruíz de Burton, María Cristina Mena, authorship, social networks

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