Earl, David M., Re-Covering Modernism: Pulps, Paperbacks and the Prejudice of Form (Ashgate, 2009)
Earle proposes a "popular genealogy of modernism" by bringing modernist texts and authors into relationship with sensational and ephemeral literary forms of its era. The first chapter focusses on The Smart Set magazine, in the context of other fiction and reprint magazines of the teens and twenties; the second chapter turns to interwar pulp magazines; and the third concentrates on paperback publishing in the 1940s and 1950s. Earle devotes considerable attention to the material and visual aspects of publishing and marketing modernism in popular formats, and explores ways in which pulp forms might lend themselves to "experimentation and acute cultural commentary". He also argues that "the pulp debate illustrates tensions that existed between the elite modernists and the bourgeois, between high- and middlebrow".
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