American Little Magazines of the Fin de Siecle: Art, Protest, and Cultural Transformation

By Kirsten MacLeod

© 2018

In American Little Magazines of the Fin de Siecle, Kirsten MacLeod examines the rise of a new print media form – the little magazine – and its relationship to the transformation of American cultural life at the turn of the twentieth century. Though the little magazine has long been regarded as the preserve of modernist avant-gardes and elite artistic coteries, for whom it served as a form of resistance to mass media, MacLeod’s detailed study of its origins paints a different picture. Combining cultural, textual, literary, and media studies criticism, MacLeod demonstrates how the little magazine was deeply connected to the artistic, social, political, and cultural interests of a rising professional-managerial class. She offers a richly contextualized analysis of the little magazine’s position in the broader media landscape: namely, its relationship to old and new media, including pre-industrial print forms, newspapers, mass-market magazines, fine press books, and posters. MacLeod’s study challenges conventional understandings of the little magazine as a genre and emphasizes the power of “little” media in a mass-market context.

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  • Series: Studies in Book and Print Culture
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 508 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.5in x 9.4in
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In American Little Magazines of the Fin de Siecle, Kirsten MacLeod examines the rise of a new print media form – the little magazine – and its relationship to the transformation of American cultural life at the turn of the twentieth century.

American Little Magazines of the Fin de Siecle: Art, Protest, and Cultural Transformation

By Kirsten MacLeod

© 2018

In American Little Magazines of the Fin de Siecle, Kirsten MacLeod examines the rise of a new print media form – the little magazine – and its relationship to the transformation of American cultural life at the turn of the twentieth century. Though the little magazine has long been regarded as the preserve of modernist avant-gardes and elite artistic coteries, for whom it served as a form of resistance to mass media, MacLeod’s detailed study of its origins paints a different picture. Combining cultural, textual, literary, and media studies criticism, MacLeod demonstrates how the little magazine was deeply connected to the artistic, social, political, and cultural interests of a rising professional-managerial class. She offers a richly contextualized analysis of the little magazine’s position in the broader media landscape: namely, its relationship to old and new media, including pre-industrial print forms, newspapers, mass-market magazines, fine press books, and posters. MacLeod’s study challenges conventional understandings of the little magazine as a genre and emphasizes the power of “little” media in a mass-market context.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Book and Print Culture
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 508 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.5in x 9.4in
  • Reviews

    "[American Little Magazines of the Fin de Siecle] is a very comprehensive effort, and has something for everyone, from text and interpretation to research tools."


    David M. Sokol
    The Journal of American Culture 41.4.

    "Kirsten McLeod’s American Little Magazines is the essential, comprehensive account of the U.S little magazines of the turn of the twentieth century. Many books contribute to a field; this is that rare book that defines a field. Everyone who does research on print culture in these years will consult it again and again."


    Patrick Collier, Department of English, Ball State University

    "Kirsten MacLeod is by far the best qualified in the field of periodical studies to undertake a book of this scope and ambition. The impressive originality of the research explored in American Little Magazines is matched by the formidable breadth of resources consulted in both print culture and digital media."


    Dean Irvine, Director, Agile Humanities Agency
  • Author Information

    Kirsten MacLeod is a lecturer in English Literature at Newcastle University (UK).
  • Table of contents

    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

    INTRODUCTION -- Reviving the American Little Magazines of the 1890s

    PART 1: SOCIAL, MEDIA, AND LITTLE MAGAZINE CONTEXTS

    CHAPTER 1 -- The Social and Cultural Formation of the Little Magazinist

    CHAPTER 2 -- Print Revolutions and the Making of the Little Magazine

    CHAPTER 3 -- The Big Little Magazines and the Evolution of the Genre

    PART 2: INSIDE THE MAGAZINES

    CHAPTER 4 -- Fiction: “Literature Staggering Blindfold”

    CHAPTER 5 -- Poetry: “Literature on “a Drunken Spree”

    CHAPTER 6 -- Visual Art: “Art Running Amuck through Posterdom”

    CHAPTER 7 -- Literary Criticism and Editorials:

    “Every Dog Having His Day in Journalism”

    CHAPTER 8 -- Social and Political Commentary:

    “Finding Fault with Things as They Are”

    CHAPTER 9: Sayings: The Short and Shorter of It

    AFTERWORD: Little Magazines, Not So Little After All?

    APPENDIX A: UPDATED BIBLIOGRAPHY OF AMERICAN LITTLE MAGAZINES OF THE 1890S

    NOTES

    BIBLIOGRAPHY

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