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Modernism in Magazines

Suzanne W. Churchill and Adam McKible

in The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199545445
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545445.013.0020

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Modernism in Magazines

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This article examines the role of ‘little magazines’ in the history of modernism. It argues that magazines are intrinsically connected with the idea of the avant-garde, so much so that they may almost be said to constitute it. The article suggests that modernism and little magazines not only emerged from the same socio-economic conditions and technological developments which produced mass culture and popular magazines; many modernists were also deeply involved in the commercial marketplace. The story of modernism in magazines can perhaps best be understood not as a single narrative of complicity or collusion, but as an amalgamation of shifting, overlapping, and competing narratives about what it means to be modern.

Keywords: magazines; modernism; socio-economic conditions; technological developments; mass culture; commercial marketplace

Article.  8932 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards) ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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