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A Sentimental Education for the Working Man: The Mexico City Penny Press, 1900–1910 by Robert M. Buffington

A Sentimental Education for the Working Man: The Mexico City Penny Press, 1900–1910 by Robert M.... B o o k R e v i e w s        95 A Sentimental Education for the Working Man: The Mexico City Penny Press, 1900–1910 Robert M. Bufn fi gton Durham, NC: Duke University Press, ix + pp., $. (cloth); $ ­. (paper) Robert M. Buf†ngton’s compelling study makes a contribution that extends well beyond what a reader might initially expect from a tightly focused study of satiric newspapers and broadsides produced in Mexico City for working-class (and other) audiences between and  . Methodologically, Buf†ngton provides a master class in close reading. He skillfully contextualizes what were in some cases ephemeral texts, tracing, for example, the carefully traversed line between straightforward veneration of the “immortal” Benito Juárez (the kind of thing that one would expect from newspapermen steeped in the tradi - tions of popular liberalism), on one hand, and Por†rian censors’ awareness that evocations of Juárez could also be criticisms of the dictator on the other. More importantly, Buf†ng - ton offers richly layered analyses of the cultural politics at work in texts and images that a less sophisticated historian might dismiss as simply comic sketches. The overall effect is stunning. Buf†ngton succeeds in recasting http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Labor Duke University Press

A Sentimental Education for the Working Man: The Mexico City Penny Press, 1900–1910 by Robert M. Buffington

Labor , Volume 15 (1) – Mar 1, 2018

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Copyright © 2018 Labor and Working-Class History Association
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1547-6715
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1558-1454
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10.1215/15476715-4288692
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B o o k R e v i e w s        95 A Sentimental Education for the Working Man: The Mexico City Penny Press, 1900–1910 Robert M. Bufn fi gton Durham, NC: Duke University Press, ix + pp., $. (cloth); $ ­. (paper) Robert M. Buf†ngton’s compelling study makes a contribution that extends well beyond what a reader might initially expect from a tightly focused study of satiric newspapers and broadsides produced in Mexico City for working-class (and other) audiences between and  . Methodologically, Buf†ngton provides a master class in close reading. He skillfully contextualizes what were in some cases ephemeral texts, tracing, for example, the carefully traversed line between straightforward veneration of the “immortal” Benito Juárez (the kind of thing that one would expect from newspapermen steeped in the tradi - tions of popular liberalism), on one hand, and Por†rian censors’ awareness that evocations of Juárez could also be criticisms of the dictator on the other. More importantly, Buf†ng - ton offers richly layered analyses of the cultural politics at work in texts and images that a less sophisticated historian might dismiss as simply comic sketches. The overall effect is stunning. Buf†ngton succeeds in recasting

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Published: Mar 1, 2018

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