New Publication: Magazines, Travel, and Middlebrow Culture

9781772120837Faye Hammill and Michelle Smith’s book Magazines, Travel and Middlebrow Culture: Canadian Periodicals in English and French, 1925-1960 will be published by Liverpool University Press in May 2015, and by University of Alberta Press in Fall of 2015. The book emerges from the CWRC-affiliated research project, Magazines, Travel and Middlebrow Culture in Canada, 1925-1960. From the Liverpool University Press catalogue

“A century ago, the golden age of magazine publishing coincided with the beginning of a golden age of travel. Images of speed and flight dominated the pages of the new mass-market periodicals. This book centres on Canada, where commercial magazines began to flourish in the 1920s alongside an expanding network of luxury railway hotels and transatlantic liner routes. The leading monthlies presented travel as both a mode of self-improvement and a way of negotiating national identity. The book takes a new cross-cultural approach to periodical studies, reading both French- and English- language magazines in relation to an emerging transatlantic middlebrow culture. Mainstream magazines, it is argued, forged a connection between upward mobility and geographical mobility. Fantasies of travel were circulated through fiction, articles and advertisements, and used to sell fashions, foods, and domestic products as well as holidays. For readers who could not afford a trip to Paris, Bermuda or Lake Louise, these illustrated magazines offered proxy access to the glamour and prestige increasingly associated with travel.”