University of Alberta Press

Book details

Publication date: July 2015
Features: 32 colour photographs, notes, bibliography, index
Keywords: Cultural Studies/Travel
Subject(s): LITERARY CRITICISM / Canadian, LITERARY CRITICISM / Books & Reading, TRAVEL / Canada / General, TRAVEL / Essays & Travelogues, Cultural Studies/Travel
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press, Liverpool University Press

Faye Hammill.

Michelle Smith. Michelle Smith is a poet and Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

“'Don’t you get tired of just reading about things?' the frustrated traveler George Bailey is asked in It’s A Wonderful Life. Bailey, like the film audience, accepted he could never get away. So, they dreamed.... To read Magazines, Travel & Middlebrow Culture is to revisit an era when Middle Canada worked a six-day week and fantasized about the fine things in life." [Full review at]

Holly Doan, Blacklock's Reporter

“In Magazines, Travel, and Middlebrow Culture, Hammill and Smith suggest that magazines, by circulating fantasies of travel, were instrumental in forging a link between geographical mobility and upward mobility. Magazines, Travel, and Middlebrow Culture is sorely needed, since the mainstream magazine has so far received even less analysis than other genres of Canadian periodical.”

"An impressively written, organized and presented collaboration of original and seminal scholarship, [this book] should be a required addition to academic library 20th Century Canadian Popular Culture reference collection and supplemental studies reading lists."

Julie Summers, Reviewer's Bookwatch

Forming a coherent site of inquiry out of so much information that had been hiding in plain sight due to its association with an ostensibly blank, mainstream modernity is in itself an accomplishment; that Hammill and Smith have uncovered such an abundance of approaches, connections, and raw subject matter for scholars in a variety of areas and disciplines only adds to this achievement.” [Full review at]

Carl Watts, American Review of Canadian Studies

"This book breaks new ground in print culture studies through its close examination of a selection of Canadian mainstream magazines, and through its robust engagement with on-going scholarly debates surrounding ‘the middlebrow’.... [T]his study undertakes valuable work to recover the histories of these magazines and their prominent editors and contributors." [Full review at]

Sarah Galletly, Cultural and Social History

Scholarly and Academic Book Award, Alberta Book Awards, Book Publishers Association of Alberta, Canada
ISBNs: 9781772120837 978-1-77212-083-7 Title: magazines travel and middlebrow culture