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Magazines, Travel, and Middlebrow Culture

Canadian Periodicals in English and French, 1925–1960

Faye Hammill & Michelle Smith

Canadian Studies, Literary Criticism and Theory

Published: October 2015
ISBN: 9781772120837
Pages: 256 Size: 6x9
Illustrations: 32

"Where did you go last year, when the winter winds blew?" —Mayfair, 1935

As commercial magazines began to flourish in the 1920s, they promoted an expanding network of luxury railway hotels and transatlantic liner routes. The leading monthlies—among them Mayfair, Chatelaine, and La Revue Moderne—presented travel as both a mode of self-improvement and a way of negotiating national identity. Magazines, Travel and Middlebrow Culture announces a new cross-cultural approach to periodical studies, reading both French- and English-language magazines in relation to an emerging transatlantic middlebrow culture. Mainstream magazines, Hammill and Smith argue, forged a connection between upward mobility and geographic mobility. Students and scholars of Canadian studies, cultural and social history, publishing, literary studies, cultural studies, communications studies, and print culture will find this book, a first in Canadian middlebrow culture, a must-have on their shelf.

Faye Hammill is professor of English at the University of Strathclyde in the UK and formerly worked at Cardiff University and the University of Liverpool. She is a former editor of the British Journal of Canadian Studies.

Writer Michelle Smith has also served as a Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Strathclyde. Her first book of poems, dear Hermes…, was published by the University of Alberta Press in 2012.

Forming a coherent site of inquiry out of so much information that had been hiding in plain sight due to its association with an ostensibly blank, mainstream modernity is in itself an accomplishment; that Hammill and Smith have uncovered such an abundance of approaches, connections, and raw subject matter for scholars in a variety of areas and disciplines only adds to this achievement.

– Carl Watts, American Review of Canadian Studies