He is an expert on Spain and its relationship to Europe and the rest of the world. Along with the history of print, media, and digital technologies, he studies the intersections of identity and community formation, and antifascist and fascism. His current work focuses on queer youth culture, and the role of history in the public sphere. He received his A.M. and Ph.D. in Early and Late Modern European History from Fordham University in New York City.
‘This is what I’ve been waiting for – a colorful and creative exploration of youth resistance under the Franco regime. From Superman in Spain to naked pro-democracy protesters, Louie Dean Valencia-García uncovers it all. And given the recent emergence of authoritarianism in the United States and Europe, this book couldn’t have come at a more opportune time’.
Hamilton M. Stapell
Associate Professor of History, State University of New York, New Paltz, USA
‘This is a highly original study that investigates for the first time youth culture and the practice of everyday life in Spain under the late dictatorship and transition to democracy. In a series of brilliant chapters, the author examines a wide range of little known and less studied sources, often culled from archives: school textbooks, comics, nightclubs, and fanzines. From National-Catholic ideologies to Pedro Almodóvar via Superman and punk, this book offers a lucid and compelling account of a fascinating multimedia field’.
Paul Julian Smith
Distinguished Professor, City University of New York, USA
‘An extremely lively and stimulating contribution to the much-neglected social and cultural history of twentieth-century Spain. It offers a reconstruction of antiauthoritarian youth culture that delineates not only the intersections between dictatorship and democracy, but also the hitherto unexplored interstices of the transgressive, underground and counter cultures of the two regimes’.
Senior Lecturer in Spanish History, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
‘Lejos de los manidos tópicos y estereotipos, de los clichés sobre esta época de aquellos que hicieron todo y de todo, este libro dota de inteligencia política a sus protagonistas, a través de una forma nada convencional, esto es, a través de sus propios gustos y provocaciones. Algo, hay que insistir, muy difícil de hacer y conseguir en un libro de investigación histórica’.
Gutmaro López Bravo
Universidad Complutense de Madrid