Glossary of Early Modern Popular Print Genres


This glossary describes popular print genres of the early modern period (c. 1450-c. 1850) from a European perspective, covering terms in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. It is being developed as part of the project The European dimensions of popular print culture (EDPOP), led by Dr Jeroen Salman at Utrecht University.

International terms for popular print

UK: chapbooks/ cheap books/ popular print/ street literature 

ESP: pliegos de cordel/ pliegos sueltos 

NL: populair drukwerk/ populaire literatuur/ volksboeken 

DE: Kolportageliteratur/ Populärliteratur / Trivialliteratur / Massenliteratur 

IT: libri da risma/ libretto popolate/ libri di larga diffusione/ libri comuni 

FR: livres bleus/ littérature populaire/ littérature(s)/livre(s) de colportage/ imprimés de large circulation