Women Editing Modernism: Little Magazines and Literary History

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University Press of Kentucky
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6.0 X 8.99 X 0.67 inches | 0.94 pounds
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About the Author

Jayne Marek is associate professor of English at Franklin College.


"A useful, highly readable guide to the achievements of the women under examination." -- Modernism

"Make[s] a very effective case both for the shaping influence of these women and for the continued study of the little magazine as a forcefield of literary modernism." -- Yearbook of English Studies

"The first of its kind. An invaluable contribution." -- Annotated Bibliography for English Studies

"Marek singles out the contributions of a fascinating contingent of literary figures." -- Booklist

"Marek's focus is unique, and she includes a significant amount of previously unpublished material." -- Choice

"An extremely interesting and informative history of seven modernist women editors." -- English Literature in Transition

"A serious book and enjoyable reading. Only Marek's illuminating study has proved that women's contribution as editors of literary magazines of Anglo-American modernism was overwhelming. The whole book speaks eloquently and convincingly: women editors were catalysts and shapers of literary modernism." -- Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies

"The new archival research here should prove useful for future scholarship." -- Journal of American History

"A well-researched, fully documented revisionist study. The study does impressive double duty in its recovery of archival material and the construction of 'Conversation' as a paradigm for examining women's editorial activity in the modernist period." -- American Literature

"An important study.... The overall evidence that women editors played an important role in promoting critical dialog, new ideas, and new literature cannot be denied." -- Library Journal

"Marek's book renders visible through its overview the female networks and underpinnings of modernism; in that respect it is invaluable." -- Media History

"An informed and nuanced study of women catalyzing modernism by their work as editors. A serious addition to the new narratives of modernism, making a notable contribution to an evolving feminist scholarship." -- Rachel Blau DuPlessis

"For readers interested not only in women's studies, but also publishing history and modern literature." -- Small Press Book Review

"Marek constructs a powerful, alternative account of seven women who, in primary ways, shaped the aethetics of modernism and the modernist canon. She brings them alive -- not as personalities or psyches, but as critical intelligences who had independent views about literature and used their magazines to express and test them." -- South Atlantic Review

"Sticks a further and very substantial puncture in the rapidly deflating balloon of male modernist supremacy... A thoughtful and scrupulously researched study." -- The Review of English Studies

"Offers detailed, carefully-documented, and absorbing accounts of behind-the-scenes dealings both with texts and their authors." -- Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature