Collection Description


Little magazines offer social and political comment inextricably linked with literature, providing an indispensable context for studying modern poetry and fiction. Little magazines have sponsored or introduced all of this century’s literary trends, social movements, and literary and artistic manifestations including:

  • Imagism
  • Socialism
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Marxism
  • Beat Generation
  • Dadaism
  • Surrealism
  • Symbolism

In our own age, aesthetic challenges to the established artistic order have been replaced by political ones. Current magazines reflect and express the reality of feminism, multiculturalism, and the gay and lesbian experience.

Literary reviews and academic quarterlies are also represented in the collection. Prominence is given to poetry, but current trends such as short fiction are also reflected. Diverse formats such as broadsides, single-sheet issues, three-dimensional objects, full and tabloid sizes, and electronic publications, are present in the collection.