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The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist MagazinesVolume II: North America 1894-1960$
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Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199545810

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199545810.001.0001

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General Introduction

General Introduction

‘Magazines, Magazines, Magazines!’

(p.1) General Introduction
The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines

Andrew Thacker

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter begins with an overview of the present volume, which is structured around three parts. Part I considers a range of familiar and less well-known magazines from the 1890s through to the 1930s, and maps out the overall terrain in which modernism took hold in American magazines and the shape of the publications involved in this process. Part II focuses on the literary geography of the modernist magazine in America, with chapters covering multiple spatial locations: the metropolitan magazine, the regional magazine, the magazine in Canada, and the transnational exchange between magazines in North America and Europe. Part III considers the many magazines that engaged in radical social, cultural, and political debate, focusing mainly on the decades from the 1930s onwards. The chapter then discusses the geographical dispersal of magazine publication; the contents of Munson's fabled magazine rack; and the massive growth in American magazines and their circulations at the end of the nineteenth century.

Keywords:   American magazine, modernist magazine, periodical, modernism, literary geography

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