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Since their first appearance in 1934, comic books enjoyed wide readership, often serving as a practical guide to life in booming new cities. Conservative protest against the so-called immorality of these publications, of mass media generally, and of Mexican modernity itself, however, led the Mexican government to establish a censorship office that, while having little impact on the content of comic books, succeeded in directing conservative ire away from government policies and toward the Mexican media. Bad Language, Naked Ladies, and Other Threats to the Nation examines the complex dynamics of the politics of censorship occasioned by Mexican comic books, including the conservative political campaigns against them, government and industrial responses to such campaigns, and the publishers' championing of Mexican nationalism and their efforts to preserve their publishing empires through informal influence over government policies. Rubenstein's analysis suggests a new Mexican history after the revolution, one in which negotiation over cultural questions replaced open conflict and mass-media narrative helped ensure political stability.
This book will engage readers with an interest in Mexican history, Latin American studies, cultural studies, and popular culture.
|Ch 1||The Creation of Mexican Comic Books, 1934-1952||13|
|Ch 2||Home-Loving and without Vices: "Modernity," "Tradition," and the Comic Book Audience||41|
|Ch 3||The Uses of Tradition: Conservative Opposition to Comic Books||75|
|Ch 4||The Uses of Failure: La Comision Calificadora, 1944-1976||109|
|Ch 5||Comic Books Respond to Their Critics, 1944-1976||133|
|Conclusion: The Lessons of Cultural Conservatism||163|