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Writing for The New YorkerCritical Essays on an American Periodical$
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Fiona Green

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748682492

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682492.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Writing for The New Yorker

Fiona Green

Edinburgh University Press

This introductory chapter discusses how the story of a periodical is not the story of its editors; it is also a narrative of intersections and adjacencies, of timeliness and accident, and of labour behind the scenes that is not visible in the finished product. A magazine is an ‘unstable compound’, a shifting terrain of verbal, visual and historical contingencies that arise from its internal workings (procedures for editing, checking, and production); in its published form (juxtapositions of editorial, cartoons, and advertising, arrangement into ‘departments’, visual constituents and page layouts); and in its external relations (readership, affiliations, and competition with other media). The chapter reads across and between The New Yorker departments, with particular weighting towards fiction and poetry.

Keywords:   periodical, magazine, The New Yorker, fiction, poetry, editorial, cartoons, readership, media

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