The Magazine Modernisms blog is pleased to inaugurate our first book club event. Several times a year we will be selecting new publications in the field of modern periodical studies and inviting contributors to post on the book. These posts are not intended to be reviews of the book so much as provocative comments and questions, the kind you might raise in a seminar. We would, in fact, like the book club to work like an on-line seminar, so please comment on the posts and keep the conversation going. For this first run of the MagMods book club, we’re using our core members, but in future iterations we hope to invite outside contributors. After the initial posts, the author of the book under discussion will be invited to post her own response.
Our first installment of the book club, written by Daniel Worden, appears below. I’m really thrilled that our first book will be Catherine Keyser’s Playing Smart: New York Women Writers and Modern Magazine Culture.
Professor Keyser is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Carolina. She has previously published on Edna St. Vincent Millay and Vanity Fair in American Periodicals (17.1, May 2007) and on New York women writers and their magazine personae in A New Literary History of America (Harvard UP), ed. Werner Sollors and Greil Marcus and has an article forthcoming in Modernist Cultures about Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, and the intersection between theatre and magazine culture in 1920s NYC.
Here is the Rutgers University Press description of Playing Smart: Continue reading