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Eric Bulson, Little Magazine, World Form

Eric Bulson, Little Magazine, World Form BOOK REVIEWS Eric Bulson, Little Magazine, World Form (Columbia: Columbia University Press, 2017). xii + 333 pp. ISBN: 9780231179768. Eric Bulson’s Little Magazine, World Form offers a timely intervention into existing debates about modernism’s geographic, temporal, and national boundaries. The little magazine, Bulson contends, is a ‘world form’ (3), a medium that, ‘coming of age in multiple countries around the globe’ (5) offers a particularly rich and variegated representation of modernism’s status as a global movement. In his treatment of magazines as primary texts, Bulson extends and refocuses a critical lens that, in the decade since Mao and Walkowitz’s pivotal recognition of the ‘temporal and spatial expansions’ that have now come to characterize New Modernist Studies, has offered new ways of revisioning modernism and its texts as transnational, interdisciplinary, and positively destabilizing. Yet, Bulson argues, despite this critical shift, ‘limited geographical and temporal frameworks’ (3) continue to predicate approaches to the modern periodical. The little magazine, he avers, is a medium that ‘has traveled far and wide, but the perspective so far has been restricted primarily to the New York–London–Paris nexus or the avant-garde diffusion across western, eastern, and central Europe’ (3). Bulson’s study aims to reconfigure such limiting http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Modernist Cultures Edinburgh University Press

Eric Bulson, Little Magazine, World Form

Modernist Cultures , Volume 14 (4): 5 – Nov 1, 2019

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Edinburgh University Press
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Copyright © Edinburgh University Press
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2041-1022
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1753-8629
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10.3366/mod.2019.0271
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BOOK REVIEWS Eric Bulson, Little Magazine, World Form (Columbia: Columbia University Press, 2017). xii + 333 pp. ISBN: 9780231179768. Eric Bulson’s Little Magazine, World Form offers a timely intervention into existing debates about modernism’s geographic, temporal, and national boundaries. The little magazine, Bulson contends, is a ‘world form’ (3), a medium that, ‘coming of age in multiple countries around the globe’ (5) offers a particularly rich and variegated representation of modernism’s status as a global movement. In his treatment of magazines as primary texts, Bulson extends and refocuses a critical lens that, in the decade since Mao and Walkowitz’s pivotal recognition of the ‘temporal and spatial expansions’ that have now come to characterize New Modernist Studies, has offered new ways of revisioning modernism and its texts as transnational, interdisciplinary, and positively destabilizing. Yet, Bulson argues, despite this critical shift, ‘limited geographical and temporal frameworks’ (3) continue to predicate approaches to the modern periodical. The little magazine, he avers, is a medium that ‘has traveled far and wide, but the perspective so far has been restricted primarily to the New York–London–Paris nexus or the avant-garde diffusion across western, eastern, and central Europe’ (3). Bulson’s study aims to reconfigure such limiting

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Modernist CulturesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Nov 1, 2019

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