Editing modernity [electronic resource] : women and little-magazine cultures in Canada, 1916-1956 /
Dean Irvine.
imprint
Toronto ; Buffalo, N.Y. : University of Toronto Press, c2008.
description
xvi, 345 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
9780802092717 (acid-free paper)
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Book
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imprint
Toronto ; Buffalo, N.Y. : University of Toronto Press, c2008.
isbn
9780802092717 (acid-free paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
10502107
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [299]-320) and index.
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'Editing Modernityis a fine history of the distaff side of Canadian modernism. Based on new archival research, Dean Irvine's critical assessment shows the major roles played by women in disseminating modernisms through a series of little and not-so-little magazines.Dorothy Livesay was highly influential in the left-wing Masses; Eleanor Godfrey edited The Canadian Forum; Livesay and Floris McLaren helped to found Contemporary Verseand P.K. Page, Kit Shaw, and Peggy Anderson were primarily responsible for publishing Preview. Irvine makes convincing and important connections between modernist women's poetry and editorial work, and contemporary feminist little magazines and editorial collectives.'
'In Editing Modernity, Dean Irvine explores the role of little magazines in Canadian modernism and the scandalous neglect of the contributions made by women as founders and editors of these magazines. He combines a keen sensitivity to the individual achievements of Dorothy Livesay, P.K. Page, Miriam Waddington, Anne Marriot, and many of their lesser known contemporaries, with a scholarly and theoretically informed account of the material and social conditions which shaped these achievements. The story he tells is a complex and fascinating one of competing social and political agendas that shaped, not only the evolution of modernism in Canada, but also the stories we tell about it. After Editing Modernity, these stories will never be the same.'
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Summaries
Main Description
The period between 1916 and 1956 was a unique interval in the history of Canadian publishing. This period not only witnessed the establishment of a significant number of non-commercial literary, arts, and cultural magazines, it also happened that an unprecedented number of those involved in the creation and subsequent editing of this new type of magazine - the little magazine - were women. Based on extensive new archival and literary historical research, Editing Modernity examines these Canadian women writers and editors and their role in the production and dissemination of modernist and leftist little magazines.At once a history of literary women and the emergent formations and conditions of cultural modernity in Canada, Irvine’s study relates women’s editorial work and poetry to a series of crises and transitions in modernist and leftist magazine communities, to the public hearings and published findings of the Massey Commission of 1949-1951, and to the later development of feminist literary magazines and editorial collectives during the 1970s and 1980s. Writers and editors examined in this study include Dorothy Livesay, Anne Marriott, Floris McLaren, P.K. Page, Miriam Waddington, Flora Macdonald Denison, Florence Custance, Catherine Harmon, Aileen Collins, and Margaret Fairley.
Main Description
The period between 1916 and 1956 was a unique interval in the history of Canadian publishing. During this period not only were a significant number of non-commercial literary, arts, and cultural magazines established, but it also happened that an unprecedented number of those involved in the creation and subsequent editing of this new type of magazine - the little magazine - were women. Based on extensive new archival and literary historical research, Editing Modernityexamines these Canadian women writers and editors and their role in the production and dissemination of modernist and leftist little magazines. At once a history of literary women and of the emergent formations and conditions of cultural modernity in Canada, Irvine's study relates women's editorial work and poetry to a series of crises and transitions in modernist and leftist magazine communities, to the public hearings and published findings of the Massey Commission of 1949-51, and to the later development of feminist literary magazines and editorial collectives during the 1970s and 1980s. Writers and editors examined in this study include Dorothy Livesay, Anne Marriott, Floris McLaren, P.K. Page, Miriam Waddington, Flora Macdonald Denison, Florence Custance, Catherine Harmon, Aileen Collins, and Margaret Fairley.
Main Description
Based on extensive new archival and literary historical research, Editing Modernity examines these Canadian women writers and editors and their role in the production and dissemination of modernist and leftist little magazines.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Permissionsp. xii
Introductionp. 3
Why Did the Professional Literary Agent Emerge in the 1880s?p. 12
A.P. Watt: Professional Literary Agentp. 27
Establishing the Agency Model: George MacDonald and Wattp. 40
Testing the Agency Model: 'Lucas Malet' and Wattp. 64
The Second Wave of Agenting: J.B. Pinkerp. 87
The Agent and 'Popular' Literature: Somerville and Ross and Pinkerp. 111
Building a Career: Joseph Conrad and Pinkerp. 136
Conclusionp. 165
Notesp. 173
Works Citedp. 221
Indexp. 231
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