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date: 14 December 2019

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This article examines the role of ‘little magazines’ in the history of modernism. It argues that magazines are intrinsically connected with the idea of the avant-garde, so much so that they may almost be said to constitute it. The article suggests that modernism and little magazines not only emerged from the same socio-economic conditions and technological developments which produced mass culture and popular magazines; many modernists were also deeply involved in the commercial marketplace. The story of modernism in magazines can perhaps best be understood not as a single narrative of complicity or collusion, but as an amalgamation of shifting, overlapping, and competing narratives about what it means to be modern.

Keywords: magazines, modernism, socio-economic conditions, technological developments, mass culture, commercial marketplace

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