Chapter 20. Magazines and Fictions

  1. Paul Lauter president
  1. Ellen Gruber Garvey professor

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch20

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

How to Cite

Gruber Garvey, E. (2010) Magazines and Fictions, in A Companion to American Literature and Culture (ed P. Lauter), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch20

Editor Information

  1. Trinity College (Hartford), UK

Author Information

  1. New Jersey City University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631208921

Online ISBN: 9781444320626



  • magazines and fictions;
  • magazines' relationship to literature - continuing to be read and studied;
  • growth of feminism and cultural studies, greater interest in learning what ordinary people read;
  • development of nineteenth-century magazines;
  • William Dean Howells's 1890 novel, A Hazard of New Fortunes, the genteel magazine;
  • Hazard positions Every Other Week - an artistic, literary enterprise, the antithesis of business;
  • books and magazines - Lothrop's, publishers of Wide Awake, in collections of best poems for children;
  • elite and popular publishing - beyond the elite “class monthlies,” literature having other periodical outlets;
  • “Partisan” read as meaning “likely to antagonize Southern readers”;
  • serialization - publication venue changing text itself, even if the words are the same


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Development of Nineteenth-Century Magazines

  • Books and Magazines

  • Elite and Popular Publishing

  • Serialization

  • The Twentieth-Century Market

  • References and Further Reading