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Magazines, Travel, and Middlebrow CultureCanadian Periodicals in English and French, 1925-1960$
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Faye Hammill and Michelle Smith

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381403

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381403.001.0001

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Magazines, Travel, and Middlebrow Culture

Faye Hammill

Michelle Smith

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores the relationship between the physical characteristics of the mainstream magazines and the type of material they published. Using multi-levelled analysis, it considers the material dimensions of magazines in relation to middlebrow culture and travel. It presents a set of four perspectives on five periodicals — Mayfair, Chatelaine, La Revue Moderne, Maclean's, and Canadian Home Journal — as complex multi-authored texts and as physical objects. The chapter moves from a focused reading of the elements which make up a single page or issue towards broader generalisations about shifts over time. By comparing individual pages from different titles, analysing a single issue and an entire volume, and tracing a magazine's whole history, the chapter yields fresh insights into the development of middlebrow print culture in Canada.

Keywords:   mainstream magazines, middlebrow culture, travel, Mayfair, Chatelaine, La Revue Moderne, Maclean's, Canadian Home Journal, pages, print culture

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