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Magazines, Tourism, and Nation-Building in Mexico

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  • Emphasizes the interplay between magazine print culture and tourism
  • Focuses on periodicals produced in Mexico that are not only bicultural and bilingual but which also straddle mainstream and ‘modernist’ magazine categories
  • Enhances our understanding of the diversity of the periodical field and constitutes a timely intervention into methodological debates in periodical studies

Part of the book series: Studies of the Americas (STAM)

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This open access book discusses the relationship between periodicals, tourism, and nation-building in Mexico. It enquires into how magazines, a staple form of the promotional apparatus of tourism since its inception, articulated an imaginative geography of Mexico at a time when that industry became a critical means of economic recovery and political stability after the Revolution. Notwithstanding their vogue, popularity, reach, and close affiliations to commerce and state over several decades, magazines have not received any sustained critical attention in the scholarship on that period. This book aims to redress that oversight. It argues that illustrated magazines like Mexican Folkways (1925–1937) and Mexico This Month (1955–1971) offer rich and compelling materials in that regard, not only as unique tools for interrogating the ramifications of tourism on the country’s reconstruction, but as autonomous objects of study that form a vital if complex part of Mexico’s visual culture.

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Table of contents (5 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies, University College London, London, UK

    Claire Lindsay

About the author

Claire Lindsay is Reader in Latin American Literature and Culture at University College London, UK. She is the author of Locating Latin American Women Writers and Contemporary Travel Writing of Latin America.

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