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Crossing through ChuecaLesbian Literary Culture in Queer Madrid$
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Jill Robbins

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816669899

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816669899.001.0001

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Lesbian Literary Identities in the Madrid Book Business

Lesbian Literary Identities in the Madrid Book Business

(p.15) Chapter 2 Lesbian Literary Identities in the Madrid Book Business
Crossing through Chueca

Jill Robbins

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the transformation of publishing and bookselling in Spain from the 1960s to the 1980s, particularly in terms of the lesbian-themed and race-and-gendered-sexual-identities-themed best seller books. Gay and lesbian publishers and bookstores provide a safe space for social, political, and cultural texts that allowed gays and lesbians to defend their rights. However, the owners’ economic and political interests as well as the Spanish culture of “masculinism” hampered the benefits available to these social groups, resulting in books with no literary value, projecting negative stereotyping, and having lesser number of queer readers. This chapter explores these queer book market issues by examining the book market’s location, architecture, publishing decisions, and marketing.

Keywords:   publishing, bookselling, 1960s, 1980s, Spain, gay publishers, lesbian publishers, masculinism, queer book market

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