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The Routledge Companion to the British and North American Literary Magazine

Edited By

Tim Lanzendörfer

ISBN 9780367222819
Published December 31, 2021 by Routledge
470 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Encompassing a broad definition of the topic, this Companion provides a survey of the literary magazine from its earliest days to the contemporary moment. It offers a comprehensive theorization of the literary magazine in the wake of developments in periodical studies in the last decade, bringing together a wide variety of approaches and concerns.

With its distinctive chronological and geographical scope, this volume sheds new light on the possibilities and difficulties of the concept of the literary magazine, balancing a comprehensive overview of key themes and examples with greater attention to new approaches to magazine research.

Divided into three main sections, this book offers:

• Theory—it investigates definitions and limits of what a literary magazine is and what it does.

• History and regionalism—a very broad historical and geographic sweep draws new connections and offers expanded definitions.

• Case studies—these range from key modernist little magazines and the popular middlebrow to pulp fiction, comics, and digital ventures, widening the ambit of the literary magazine.

The Routledge Companion to the British and North American Literary Magazine offers new and unforeseen cross-connections across the long history of literary periodicals, highlighting the ways in which it allows us to trace such ideas as the “literary” as well as notions of what magazines do in a culture.

Table of Contents


Tim Lanzendörfer

Part 1: Theory

1. The Magazine in Theory

Patrick Collier

2. The Literary in Theory

Travis Kurowski

3. Nineteenth Century Transnationalism and the Literary Magazine

Graham Thompson

4. Serialization and the Narrative Scales of the Literary Magazine

Matthew Pethers

5. Visuality in Literary Magazines

Vanessa Meikle Schulman

6. Materiality and the American Literary Magazine in the Nineteenth Century: At the Mercy of Logistics

Maya Merlob

7. Materiality in 20th and 21st Century Literary Magazines

Oliver Scheiding

8. Boundaries I: Comics and/as Literary Magazines: "Originally Published in Magazines"

Neale Barnholden

9. Boundaries II: Popular Fiction and Literary Magazines

David M. Earle

10. The Business of Literary Magazines in Nineteenth-Century America

Heather Haveman

11. Literary Magazines and the Challenge of the Digital

Seth Perlow

Part 2: Regional and Historical Contexts

12. 18th Century British Literary Magazines

Jacob Sider Jost

13. Early American Literary Magazines

Tim Lanzendörfer

14. The Nineteenth-Century British Literary Magazine

Caley Ehnes

15. The Literary Magazine in Gilded Age America

Mark Noonan

16. Southern Regionalism in the United States

Keri Holt

17. Modernism and the Little Magazine

Victoria Bazin

18. Modernism and the Pulp Magazine

Andrew Ferguson

19. Modernism in the Middle Brow Magazine

Rachael Alexander

20. The African American Literary Magazine, Modernism and Beyond

Justin Gifford

21. Canadian Literary Magazines and the Growth of a National Literature

Hannah McGregor

22. The Political Face of Modernism: Re-Mapping Modernisms Across the Wartime Print Ecology

Christopher J. La Casse

23. 20th Century Science Fiction Magazines

Nathan Madison

24. 21st Century Little Magazines

Joanne Diaz and Ian Morris

Part 3: Case Studies

25. Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine

Tom Toremans and Ernest De Clerck

26. Graham’s Magazine, Professional Authorship, and the Valuation of Literature

Adam Gordon

27. The Anglo-African Magazine: Black History as Literary Nexus

Cora Anthony

28. The Century and the Quality Magazines

Louise Kane

29. The Crisis

John Young

30. The Little Review

Rio Matchett

31. Contact in 1920 and 1932: Two Ways to "Speak for the Present"

Thomas Johnson Nez

32. The Reader’s Digest

Richard Junger

33. The New Yorker: Expediting Creative Nonfiction and the Literary Audience

Brandon Arvesen

34. Weird Tales: Harmonious Print Culture in Pulpwood Magazines

Jason Ray Carney

35. Platinum and Early Golden Age Comics: Comics as Literary Magazines in the 1930s and 1940s

Liam Webb

36. The Partisan Review

Ian Afflerbach

37. The Paris Review

Kevin Haworth

38. 2000AD

Nick Hubble

39. RAW Materials

Morgan Podraza

40. Wasafiri: Crossing the Great Divide

Wolfgang Görtschacher

41. Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern

Alexander Starre

42. In Conversation with the Los Angeles Review of Books

Rosvita Rauch


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