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The Preliminaries Project: Geography, Networks, and Publication in the Spanish Golden Age

  August 29, 2016
  Digital Scholarship in the Humanities
h  Research Paper
  cultural networks, history of publishing, network analysis, Spanish literature

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This study uses information gleaned from the front matter, or preliminaries, of Spanish Golden Age texts to model the social networks underpinning the early modern publication industry. Using a data-driven approach, we examine the historical and political conditions that influenced the process of approval, censorship, and publication in the Spanish Empire, with a particular focus on the concept of geography, as it relates to the process of community formation and composition. We find that the literary publishing scene was dominated by a small group of authors, generally tied to Madrid, but highly published across Iberian cultural and political capitals.

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