The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture

The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture

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Countering assumptions about early American print culture and challenging our scholarly fixation on the novel, Jared Gardner reimagines the early American magazine as a rich literary culture that operated as a model for nation-building by celebrating editorship over authorship and serving as a virtual salon in which citizens were invited to share their different perspectives. The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture reexamines early magazines and their reach to show how magazine culture was multivocal and presented a porous distinction between author and reader, as opposed to novel culture, which imposed a one-sided authorial voice and restricted the agency of the more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 10.16mm | 294.83g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0252080068
  • 9780252080067
  • 1,448,586

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"Jared Gardner provides an innovative account of the place of the magazine in U.S. literary history that allows for a reimagining of a large part of the conventional wisdom of the field. His well-written, original book situates magazine culture between and against the newspaper press on one hand and the novel on the other, and he usefully explains both the curious career trajectories of a number of familiar writers and the reasons why intelligent men and women continued to produce magazines without rational expectation of commercial success or viability."--John C. Nerone, coauthor of The Form of News: A History "Gardner demonstrates that early American periodicals constitute a coherent genre and play a more central role in the formation of an early American literary imagination than is generally recognized. . . . Essential."--Choice"An eloquent picture of magazine journalism's place in literary history as the seminal contributor to the beginnings of the great American novel."--American Journalism "Smoothly written and well researched. . . . an important contribution to the University of Illinois Press's valuable History of Communication series."--The Journal of American History "The book offers much food for thought in depicting an 18th-century version of an inclusive public sphere, where semi-anonymous voices engaged in an ongoing virtual conversation without seeking recognition or profits."--Journal of Magazine & New Media Research "Stimulating and highly readable. . . . fizzes with ideas, offered as answers to a question glossed over by established literary histories."--H-Net Reviews "Essential... The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture deserves to be dubbed In dispensable. As the most sustained and persuasive analysis of the early American magazine's cultural significance that we possess,and as the most detailed account of its repeated failure to prosper, Gardner's book is notable for its ability to draw broad conclusions and strong claims from the material it treats."--Amerikastudien / American Studiesshow more

About Jared Gardner

Jared Gardner is an associate professor of English and film studies at Ohio State University and the author of Master Plots: Race and the Founding of an American Literature, more

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