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"Mainstreaming the Avant-Garde: Modernism in Life Magazine (New York, 1883–1936)"

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This paper explores the relationship between literary modernism and mainstream culture within a little-studied American magazine, Life (New York, 1884-1936). It does so by looking at three ways in which Life presented modernism to its readers: by quoting modernist writing, and, above all, by satirizing modernist art, and by offering didactic explanations of modernist art and literature. By reconsidering some of the long-established divisions between high and low culture, and between ‘little’ and ‘bigger’ magazines, this paper contributes to a better understanding of what modernism was and meant. It also suggests that the double agenda observed in Life – both satirical and didactic – might be a way of defining middlebrow magazines.

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hal-03647662 , version 1 (20-04-2022)

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Céline Mansanti. "Mainstreaming the Avant-Garde: Modernism in Life Magazine (New York, 1883–1936)". Journal of European Periodical Studies, 2016, 1 (2), pp.113. ⟨10.21825/jeps.v1i2.2644⟩. ⟨hal-03647662⟩
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