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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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The Call of the Southwest

The Call of the Southwest

The Texas Review (1915–24); Southwest Review (1924– ); and The Morada (1929–30)

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The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines

Mark S. Morrisson

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the history of the magazines of the Southwest. The long-standing role of ‘local-colour’ writing in American literature was part of a set of debates around tradition and modernity in the early twentieth century that was continued in the pages of magazines such as The Texas Review, Southwest Review, and The Morada. The Texas Review was an early example of a university-sponsored magazine (by the University of Texas at Austin) and its first editor, Stark Young, boldly argued that its mission was to reject calls for such a regional magazine to ‘reek of the soil’ and instead for it to embrace a more international vision. This cosmopolitan vision was partly conditioned by the American experience of world war, which opened the eyes of many to a world beyond that of the local soil. It was only with the movement of the magazine to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and its relaunching as The Southwest Review, that a more strongly defined attention to regionalism appeared in its pages.

Keywords:   American magazine, Southwestern magazine, periodical, regionalism, international vision

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