Mobilizing modernist magazines : Peter Sloterdijk and the Transatlantic review.

by Daniel Lee Conrad

Institution: University of Louisville
Degree: MA
Year: 2014
Record ID: 2049128
Full text PDF: http://ir.library.louisville.edu/etd/272


Many early examinations of “little magazines,” or avant-garde modernist publications, tend to focus on the biographical narratives of their editors or center their discussion on early versions of canonical works in order to develop a greater understanding of the body of work itself. Works like Bernard Poli’s Ford Madox Ford and the Transatlantic Review follow this biographical model, and while well researched and informative, Poli's study strictly focuses on the role Ford played in the publication; in doing so, it limits what can be said about the review’s project to the local editorial level. This thesis, by contrast, seeks to extend modernist studies and the examination of modernist magazines into the field of post-human studies. By looking at magazines like the review as tools of bio-power and examining them in relation to massive communicative systems, this thesis develops a foundation to explore this moment of radical technological, informational, and cultural expansion using language developed by New German Media theorists such as Peter Sloterdijk and Vilém Flusser.