Writing for The New Yorker: Critical Essays on an American Periodical ed. by Fiona Green (review)

Writing for The New Yorker: Critical Essays on an American Periodical ed. by Fiona Green (review) 246    reviews eurie dahn is Associate Professor of English at The College of Saint Rose. She is co-director of The Digital Colored American Magazine, a digital humanities project focused on an early twentieth-century African American magazine. Her current book manuscript examines periodical networks of the Jim Crow era. Fiona Green, ed., Writing for The New Yorker: Critical Essays on an American Periodical. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015. Tamar Katz The New Yorker magazine has always been both an exemplary and an idio- syncratic publication. It began as part of a wider boom in “smart” maga- zines in the early twentieth century, but it was a product marked by the taste of its founder Harold Ross, exceptionally cohesive in its editorial policy and written tone. Pitched at the intersection between middlebrow popularity and highbrow cachet, between luxury advertising and editorial indepen- dence, the magazine’s reputation made it both an appealing and a troubling publication site for writers at midcentury who otherwise are not known for middlebrow work. The New Yorker has accordingly challenged critics to place its discursive strategies; they have sometimes turned to paradox and neologism in their struggle to encompass its aesthetic. In the early six- ties, the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Modern Periodical Studies Penn State University Press

Writing for The New Yorker: Critical Essays on an American Periodical ed. by Fiona Green (review)

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246    reviews eurie dahn is Associate Professor of English at The College of Saint Rose. She is co-director of The Digital Colored American Magazine, a digital humanities project focused on an early twentieth-century African American magazine. Her current book manuscript examines periodical networks of the Jim Crow era. Fiona Green, ed., Writing for The New Yorker: Critical Essays on an American Periodical. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015. Tamar Katz The New Yorker magazine has always been both an exemplary and an idio- syncratic publication. It began as part of a wider boom in “smart” maga- zines in the early twentieth century, but it was a product marked by the taste of its founder Harold Ross, exceptionally cohesive in its editorial policy and written tone. Pitched at the intersection between middlebrow popularity and highbrow cachet, between luxury advertising and editorial indepen- dence, the magazine’s reputation made it both an appealing and a troubling publication site for writers at midcentury who otherwise are not known for middlebrow work. The New Yorker has accordingly challenged critics to place its discursive strategies; they have sometimes turned to paradox and neologism in their struggle to encompass its aesthetic. In the early six- ties, the

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Published: Dec 6, 2018

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