MagazinesA century ago, the golden age of magazine publishing coincided with the beginning of a golden age of travel. Magazines, Travel, and Middlebrow Culture, by Faye Hammill and Michelle Smith published by the University of Alberta Press, centres on Canada, where commercial magazines began to flourish in the 1920s alongside an expanding network of luxury railway hotels and ocean liner routes. The leading monthlies—among them Mayfair, Chatelaine, and La Revue Moderne—presented travel as both a mode of self-improvement and a way of negotiating national identity.  Fantasies of travel were circulated through fiction, articles, and advertisements, and used to sell fashions, foods, and domestic products as well as holidays.

The authors take a new cross-cultural approach to periodical studies, relating both French- and English-language magazines to an emerging culture of aspiration. Mainstream magazines, Hammill and Smith argue, forged a connection between upward mobility and geographical mobility.

A major contribution to Canadian studies and the study of print culture in a North American context. This volume should prove useful to scholars in a wide range of fields, including cultural and social history, publishing, literary studies, cultural studies, and communications. —Dr. Gillian Roberts, University of Nottingham


Publication date: July 2015
Features: 32 colour photographs, bibliography, notes, index

About the Authors:

Faye Hammill is Professor of English at the University of Strathclyde in the UK and formerly worked at Cardiff University and the University of Liverpool. She is a former editor of the British Journal of Canadian Studies.

Michelle Smith has also served as a Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Strathclyde. Her first book of poems, dear Hermes…, was published by the University of Alberta Press in 2012.


The book has an accompanying website that is part of the research project, ‘Magazines, Travel and Middlebrow Culture in Canada, 1925-1960.’ The project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council from 2011 to 2013, and is a collaboration with the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory.

The website is designed to provide insight into six Canadian periodicals that contributed towards the development of Canadian middlebrow culture: Mayfair, La Revue Moderne, Canadian Home Journal, Chatelaine, La Revue Populaire, and Maclean’s.

Information on each magazine’s publishing history is presented in timeline and narrative format. The website includes detail on authors (including bibliographies of their publications in the chosen magazines) added on an ongoing basis. The online exhibit of digitised materials includes an example issue for each magazine, together with sample articles, illustrations and covers, tables of contents, and advertisements. The visualisations include a map of the travel destinations featured in different periods, and interactive timelines.

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