This materialist study of the short story’s development in three diverse magazines reveals how, at the dawn of modernism, commercial pressures prompted modernist formal innovation in popular magazines, whilst anti-commercial opacity paradoxically formed the basis of an effective marketing strategy that appealed to elitism. Integrating methods of cultural studies with formal analyses, this study builds upon recent work challenging Andreas Huyssen’s provocative formation, the "great divide" of modernism.
Table of Contents
List of Figures. Introduction 1. 'The Providing of the World’s Thought and Reading': The Short Story in the Strand 2. 'An Aristocracy of Talent': The Short Story in the Yellow Book 3. 'The Connoisseur’s Comfort and the Dilettante’s Delight': The Short Story in Black and White Conclusion. Appendix A: Short Stories in the Strand 1891-1900. Appendix B: Short Stories in the Yellow Book 1894-1897. Appendix C: Short Stories in Black and White 1891-1900. Notes. Bibliography. Index
"Chan's book thus applies current approaches to print and commodity culture to the critically overlooked genre of the short story, with impressive results." -Madeleine A. Vala, University of Puerto Rico, (Victorian Studies journal)