The Late-Victorian Little Magazine

Claes, Koenraad (2018) The Late-Victorian Little Magazine. Edinburgh Critical Studies in Victorian Culture . Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9781474426213

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Charts the origins and development of the little magazine genre in the Victorian period. Fed up with the commercial and moral restrictions of the mainstream press, the diverse avant-garde groups of authors and artists of the Aesthetic Movement developed a new genre of periodicals in which to propagate their principles and circulate their work. Such periodicals are known as ‘little magazines’ for their small-scale production and their circulation among limited audiences, and during the late Victorian period they were often conceptualized as integrated designs or total works of art in order to visually and materially represent the ideals of their producers. Little magazines like the Pre-Raphaelite Germ, the Arts & Crafts Hobby Horse and the Decadent Yellow Book launched the careers of innovative authors and artists and provided a site for debate between minor contributors and visiting grandees from Matthew Arnold to Oscar Wilde. This book offers detailed discussions of the background to thirteen major little magazines of the Victorian era, both situating these within the periodical press of their day and providing interpretations of representative items, in doing so, it outlines the earliest history of this enduring publication genre, and of the Aesthetic Movement that developed along with it.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: fin de siecle, avant-garde, periodicals, Aestheticism, Decadence, Total Work of Art
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Lisa Blanshard
Date Deposited: 13 May 2020 15:18
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 16:10

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