Handbook of Spanish Popular Culture


Spanish popular culture is one of the richest in the world. The absence of an efficient ruling class has allowed the people to stamp their personality on all major aspects of the country's life. This book describes the peculiar Spanish feeling for death and tragedy in popular religious practices, music and the bullfight; the "fiesta sense of life," so foreign to the work ethic of other Western countries; the oral tradition that has managed to survive into the post-industrial age with its creative use of slang, proverbs and obscenity; popular literature, the press, radio, television and the movies. A familiarity with Spanish popular culture is essential to understanding Spain.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Manuel Vázquez Montalbán
  • Juan Felipe Vila San Juan
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1999


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