Magazines, Travel and Middlebrow Culture in Canada 1925-1960

Project Outputs 

Website

This site is one of the main outputs.  It has been created by the Enhanced Web Development Service, University of Strathclyde, and content has been designed primarily by Cristina Judge. 

Digitised magazine materials

Sample issues and pages are available on this site (see the 'Magazines' menu) and additional material is available from the CWRC repository.

Cataloguing

We have catalogued the full content for selected years of Mayfair and La Revue Moderne. This data, derived from the magazines' tables of contents, is searchable via this link: http://search.middlebrowcanada.org/ms-en/ It has also been deposited with CWRC: the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory, based at the University of Alberta.  Our project is one of CWRC's pilot projects.

Book

A monograph co-authored by Faye and Michelle, 'Magazines, Travel and Middlebrow Culture: Canadian Periodicals in English and French, 1925-1960', is now out with Liverpool University Press (June 2015) and University of Alberta Press (North American rights, August 2015).

Special journal issue

A special issue entitled 'Print culture, mobility, and the middlebrow / Imprimé, mobilité et culture moyenne' has been published as volume 48 of the International Journal of Canadian Studies (2014). This double issue contains 13 papers initially prepared for our Advanced Research Seminar.

Book chapter

Hammill, Faye and Michelle Smith. 'Canadian Magazines, Cosmopolitanism, and Travel.'  Forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Literature, ed. Cynthia Sugars.

Articles

Smith, Michelle. 'Mainstream Magazines, Middlebrow Fiction, and Leslie Gordon Barnard’s "The Winter Road."' Studies in Canadian Literature (Autumn 2012): 7-30.

Smith, Michelle and Hannah McGregor. ‘Martha Ostenso, Periodical Culture, and the Middlebrow.’  International Journal of Canadian Studies 48 (2014): 67-83.

Smith, Michelle. 'Fiction and the Nation: The Construction of Canadian Identity in Chatelaine and Canadian Home Journal during the 1930s and 1940s.'  British Journal of Canadian Studies 27.1 (2014): 37-53.


Presentations and conference sessions

Hammill, Faye and Danielle Fuller. 'Developments and Innovations in Canadian Literary Study.' Plenary address. 'Where is Here Now?: Canadian Literary Study Today' symposium. British Library: Eccles Centre for American Studies. 12 Sept 2011.

Hammill, Faye and Michelle Smith. 'Magazines, Travel, and Middlebrow Culture: Places to Start.' Space/Place/Play Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto, 28-29 Oct. 2011.

Hammill, Faye. 'Wilderness / Sophistication.' Eccles Lecture, British Association for Canadian Studies annual conference, 4-6 April 2012. A published version is forthcoming in the Eccles Centre lecture series.

Smith, Michelle and Kirsten MacLeod. 'The Magazine, The Archive, and the Middlebrow.' Invited workshop presentation. The Popular and The Middlebrow conference, Newcastle University, 12 April 2012.

Smith, Michelle. 'A Selected Class of Traveller: Canadian Magazines and the Culture of Aspiration.'  Magazines, Travel, and Middlebrow Culture Colloquium, Carleton University, Ottawa, 24-25 May 2012.

 

Hammill, Faye. 'Modes de Paris: fashion, distinction and excess in mainstream Canadian periodicals.' Editing Modernism in Canada Colloquium, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, 28-30 June 2012.

 

Smith, Michelle. 'The Pursuit of Elegance: Advice and Advertisements for Parisian Travel in Canadian Magazines of the 1920s and 1930s.'  Editing Modernism in Canada Colloquium, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, 28-30 June 2012.

 

Smith, Michelle. 'Knowledge well-worth travelling mountainous seas to acquire': Paris, Mayfair, and the Culture of Aspiration.  European Society for Periodical Research, University of Ghent, 5-6 October 2012.

 

Hammill, Faye. Contribution about Canadian magazines, roundtable on 'Fashion, Material Culture and National Identity', Modernist Studies Association annual conference, Las Vegas, 18-21 October 2012.

 

Smith, Michelle. 'Representations of Mobility in Canadian Magazines during the Second World War.' War Group Seminar Series, Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare, University of Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian University. 7 Nov. 2012.

 

Hammill, Faye. 'Schiaparelli in Montreal: Fashion, Modernism, and the Middlebrow in Canadian Magazines.' Alternative Modernisms conference, Cardiff University. 15-18 May 2013.

 

Alexander, Rachael. 'The quest for the perfect home: consumption, consumerism and advertising in Ladies' Home Journal and Canadian Home Journal.' Advertising and Consumer Culture conference, University of York. 31 May 2013.

 

Hammill, Faye. '"the easy allure of flivver dressing": Originality, mass production, and Canadian fashion reporting.' AHRC Network symposium: 'Dress: Art and Industry'. University of Exeter. 11 July 2013.

 

Hammill, Faye, Paul Hjartarson and Hannah McGregor. Seminar on 'The Everyday versus the Event: Magazines, Fashionability, and the Digital Turn.'  Modernist Studies Association annual conference, University of Sussex. 29 August - 1 September 2013.

 

Hammill, Faye. 'Magazines, gender, and hospitality.' Institute for Historical Research: 'Gender and History in the Americas' seminar series. 5 October 2015. Podcast available.

 

We have also given versions of our presentations to the Canadian Studies Reading Group, University of Strathclyde.

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