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Modernism, Magazines, and the British avant-garde Reading Rhythm, 1910-1914 by Faith (College Lecturer and Tutor in English, Brasenose College, Oxford) Binckes

Modernism, Magazines, and the British avant-garde Reading Rhythm, 1910-1914

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Modernism, Magazines, and the British avant-garde Reading Rhythm, 1910-1914 by Faith (College Lecturer and Tutor in English, Brasenose College, Oxford) Binckes

This book is a re-examination of the fertile years of early modernism immediately preceding the First World War. During this period, how, where, and under whose terms the avant-garde in Britain would be constructed and consumed were very much to play for. It is the first study to look in detail at two little magazines marginalised from many accounts of this competitive process: Rhythm and the Blue Review. By thoroughly examining not only the content but the interrelated networks that defined and surrounded these publications, Faith Binckes aims to provide a fresh and challenging perspective to the on-going reappraisal of modernism. Founded in 1911, and edited by John Middleton Murry with assistance from Michael Sadleir and subsequently from Katherine Mansfield, Rhythm and The Blue Review featured a series of pivotal moments. Rhythm was the arena for a challenge to Roger Fry's vision of Post-Impressionism, for the introduction of Picasso to a British audience, for early short stories and reviews by Lawrence, and for Mansfield's discovery of a voice in which to frame her breakthrough writing on New Zealand. A further context for many of these experiments was the extended and acrimonious debate Rhythm conducted with A.R. Orage's New Age, in which issues of the proper gender, generation, and formulation of modernity were debated month by month. However, reading magazines as vehicles for avant-garde development can only provide half the story. The book also pays close attention to their dialogic, reproductive, and periodical nature, and explores the strategies at work within the terminology of the new. Crucially, it argues that they offer compelling material evidence for the consistently mobile and multiple boundaries of the modern, and puts forward a compelling case for focusing upon the specificity of magazines as a medium for literary and artistic innovation.


Binckesas book offers a full, rounded, and reliable portrait of a distinctive and, as she argues, surprisingly neglected chapter in the history of the modernist magazine world. * Adam Parkes,The Journal of British Studies d * This study is so well argued and researched that it is sure to convert everyone who reads it. * Marysa Demoor, Review of English Studies * Binckess historically informed arguments offer lively insight into how Katherine Mansfield discovered and refined a narrative voice with which to capture the riddling ambiguities of the colonial condition * Andrew Radford, Years Work in English Studies *

About the Author

Faith Binckes currently holds a lectureship in English at Brasenose College, Oxford, and has previously held an AHRC-funded research associateship in the English Faculty, Oxford University. Her research interests are in periodical culture, gender and writing, and art and literature in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is currently collaborating on a study of Irish author and journalist Hannah Lynch, and researching a project on women artists and writers and institutions of prestige from the end of the First World War until the Festival of Britain.

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Publication date

1st December 2010


Faith (College Lecturer and Tutor in English, Brasenose College, Oxford) Binckes

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274 pages


Literary studies: from c 1900 -
Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
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