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Langston Hughes, Esquire, and the Professional-Managerial Class

Langston Hughes, Esquire, and the Professional-Managerial Class <p>abstract:</p><p>In 1934, <i>Esquire</i> used the prospective publication of Langston Hughes’s “A Good Job Gone” as a foundational event in the creation of the magazine’s readership. <i>Esquire</i> sought to interpolate a consuming male audience by soliciting feedback on the magazine’s features and surveying its readership’s response to the potential publication of Hughes’s story. In so doing, <i>Esquire</i> shaped a community of reading that was influential to the developing culture of the professional-managerial class. Though the Hughes episode played a distinct role in the creation of <i>Esquire</i>’s community of reading, “A Good Job Gone” actually complicates the masculinity project proffered by <i>Esquire</i>.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Modern Periodical Studies Penn State University Press

Langston Hughes, Esquire, and the Professional-Managerial Class

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Penn State University Press
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Abstract

<p>abstract:</p><p>In 1934, <i>Esquire</i> used the prospective publication of Langston Hughes’s “A Good Job Gone” as a foundational event in the creation of the magazine’s readership. <i>Esquire</i> sought to interpolate a consuming male audience by soliciting feedback on the magazine’s features and surveying its readership’s response to the potential publication of Hughes’s story. In so doing, <i>Esquire</i> shaped a community of reading that was influential to the developing culture of the professional-managerial class. Though the Hughes episode played a distinct role in the creation of <i>Esquire</i>’s community of reading, “A Good Job Gone” actually complicates the masculinity project proffered by <i>Esquire</i>.</p>

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The Journal of Modern Periodical StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: Feb 5, 2020

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