The Economy of the Short Story in British Periodicals of the 1890s

By Winnie Chan

© 2006 – Routledge

264 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

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.


"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)

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

About the Series

Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh