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
Part 1: Theory
1. The Magazine in Theory
2. The Literary in Theory
3. Nineteenth Century Transnationalism and the Literary Magazine
4. Serialization and the Narrative Scales of the Literary Magazine
5. Visuality in Literary Magazines
Vanessa Meikle Schulman
6. Materiality and the American Literary Magazine in the Nineteenth Century: At the Mercy of Logistics
7. Materiality in 20th and 21st Century Literary Magazines
8. Boundaries I: Comics and/as Literary Magazines: "Originally Published in Magazines"
9. Boundaries II: Popular Fiction and Literary Magazines
David M. Earle
10. The Business of Literary Magazines in Nineteenth-Century America
11. Literary Magazines and the Challenge of the Digital
Part 2: Regional and Historical Contexts
12. 18th Century British Literary Magazines
Jacob Sider Jost
13. Early American Literary Magazines
14. The Nineteenth-Century British Literary Magazine
15. The Literary Magazine in Gilded Age America
16. Southern Regionalism in the United States
17. Modernism and the Little Magazine
18. Modernism and the Pulp Magazine
19. Modernism in the Middle Brow Magazine
20. The African American Literary Magazine, Modernism and Beyond
21. Canadian Literary Magazines and the Growth of a National Literature
22. The Political Face of Modernism: Re-Mapping Modernisms Across the Wartime Print Ecology
Christopher J. La Casse
23. 20th Century Science Fiction Magazines
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
27. The Anglo-African Magazine: Black History as Literary Nexus
28. The Century and the Quality Magazines
29. The Crisis
30. The Little Review
31. Contact in 1920 and 1932: Two Ways to "Speak for the Present"
Thomas Johnson Nez
32. The Reader’s Digest
33. The New Yorker: Expediting Creative Nonfiction and the Literary Audience
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
36. The Partisan Review
37. The Paris Review
39. RAW Materials
40. Wasafiri: Crossing the Great Divide
41. Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern
42. In Conversation with the Los Angeles Review of Books