The project “Love for Sale: Dime Novels in Quebec (1940-1965)” is affiliated with the Groupe de recherches et d’études sur le livre au Québec (GRÉLQ) [https://www.usherbrooke.ca/grelq/].
Based on a pluridisciplinary approach (literature, history, sociology, feminist studies, etc.), the project focuses on dime novels in Quebec from 1940 to 1965. It also looks at popular periodicals published by the series’ editors, notably Police-Journal, Histoires vraies and Le Digeste de l’amour.
Our work aims to deepen our understanding of popular culture at a time when Quebec was making its decisive entry into consumer society. The project has received support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) since 2018.
Dime Novels: Collective and Participatory Knowledge
The directors of the “Love for Sale” project would like to get in touch with anyone who:
has unpublished information on the production of dime novels (names of writers, publishers, illustrators, book printers);
is interested in donating a collection of popular print materials published in Quebec;
was a reader of Quebec dime novels during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s and would be available to respond to a survey.