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Little Magazine, World Form$
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Eric Bulson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231179768

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231179768.001.0001

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Little magazine, worldwide network

Little magazine, worldwide network

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Little Magazine, World Form

Eric Bulson

Columbia University Press

The first chapter tackles the seemingly straightforward question: where was the little magazine network? As a way to get started, I examine some of the diagrams and maps created by little magazine makers in Spain, France, and Poland to try and figure out where their magazines were going in the world. In doing so, I explain that this “worldwide network of periodicals,” a term first used by the Polish Constructivist Henri Berlewi in 1922, did not rely for its effects on actual connectivity. In fact, these early attempts to visualize “the worldwide network” reveal how much disconnection, both voluntary and involuntary, played a formative role in the way that little magazines could begin to imagine where they were and with whom. Emphasizing the effects of disconnection enables us to think about the geography and history of the little magazine on a global scale, looking less for the circulation of texts and authors and more for the causes behind bouts of isolation and the formation of alternative, and very often non-Western, routes of exchange.

Keywords:   little magazines, global modernism, worldwide network of periodicals, world literature, routes of exchange

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