Little Magazine, World Form


Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships




The little magazine, a literary and critical medium known for its coterie audiences, small size, and limited distribution, made modernism a global phenomenon. Any attempt to explain how the magazine made modernism global requires the intense examination of the ways it traveled, and did not, in so many transnational directions. This study examines rich archival holdings for information about the magazines’ readerships, production, and modes of distribution. It also closely examines form: it is precisely the form of the magazine where we can locate the uncomfortable tension between the local and the global, the nationally produced magazine and the imagined global community to which it is (and is not) connected.