This bibliography is a work-in-progress and we will add to it as the project progresses. If you have any suggestions of titles we should add, please let us know.

Pacific and Oceanic Exchanges (Space, Place, Geography)

Ahrens, Prue. Re-Imagining the Pacific in the Wake of Western Modernity. Forthcoming.
– – – and Chris Dixon, eds. Coast to Coast: Case Histories of Modern Pacific Crossings. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010.
– – – and Chris Dixon. “Traversing the Pacific: Modernity on the Move from Coast to Coast.” Coast to Coast: Case Histories of Modern Pacific Crossings. Prue Ahrens and Chris Dixon, ed., Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010.
– – -. “Arthur Levine and American Modernism in the Pacific.” Arthur Lavine’s Pacific Inspiration: Early American Photography in New Caledonia. F. Cayrol-Baudrillart, ed., New Caledonia: Grain de Sable, 2008, 21-33.
Bennett, Bruce. “Crossing Cultures: Australia and the Asia Pacific.” Honing In: Essays on Australian Literature and Selfhood. Perth: Network, 2006, 195-207.
Birns, Nicholas. “Australian & Russian Pacific: Transnational Imaginary.” ASAL Conference Paper, July 4 2013
Wagga Wagga, NSW.
– – – and Robert Dixon, eds. Reading Across the Pacific: Australia-United States Intellectual Histories. Sydney: University of Sydney Press, 2010.
Brawley, Sean and Chris Dixon. Hollywood’s South Seas and the Pacific War: Searching for Dorothy Lamour. New York: Palgrave, 2012.
Brown, Desoto. Hawaii Recalls: Selling Romance to America: 1910-1950. Honolulu: Editions Limited, 1982.
Carter, David. “Transpacific or Transatlantic Traffic? Australian Books and American Publishers.” Dixon,
Robert and Nicholas Birns, eds., Reading Across the Pacific : Australia-United States Intellectual Histories. Sydney: University of Sydney Press, 2010, 339-59.
Connell, John. “Island dreaming: the contemplation of Polynesian paradise.” Journal of Historical Geography, 29, no. 4 (2003): 554-581.
Deckard, Sharae. Paradise Discourse, Imperialism, and Globalization: Exploiting Eden. New York: Routledge, 2009.
Denoon, Donald. “Re-Membering Australasia: A repressed memory,” Australian Historical Studies, 34, no. 122 (2003): 290-304.
Driscoll, C., Morris, M. “Introduction: Gender, Modernity and Media in the Asia-Pacific.” Cultural Studies, 27.2 (2013): 165-85.
Esau, Erika. Images of the Pacific Rim: Australia and California 1850-1935. Sydney: Power, 2011.
Ghareeb, Gordon and Marin Cox. Hollywood to Honolulu. Providence, RI: The Steamship Historical Society of America, 2009.
Ghosh, Devleena and Stephen Mueke, eds. Cultures of Trade: Indian Ocean Exchanges. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007.
Golovin, N. The Problem of the Pacific in the Twentieth Century. London: Gyldenbal, 1922.
Halter, Nicholas. “Pacific Potential – Perceptions of the Pacific Islands in Australian Travel Writing 1880-1941.” Paper presented to Australian Association for the Advancement of Pacific Studies (AAAPS), April 2012.
Hassam, Andrew. Sailing to Australia: Shipboard Diaries by Nineteenth Century British Immigrants. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1994.
Howe, K.R. Nature, Culture, History: The ‘Knowing’ of Oceania. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2000.
Lyons, Paul. American Pacificism: Oceania in the US Imagination. New York: Routledge, 2006.
McMahon, Elizabeth. “The gilded cage: from utopia to monad in Australia’s island imaginary.” Islands in History and Representation. Rod Edmond and Vanessa Smith, eds., New York: Routledge, 2003.
Morris, Meaghan. “Media and Popular Modernism Around the Pacific War: an Inter-Asian Story.” Memory Studies. 6.3 (2013): 359-69.
Najita, Susan Y. Decolonizing Cultures in the Pacific: Reading History and Trauma in Contemporary Fiction. New York: Routledge, 2008.
Paisley, Fiona. Glamour in the Pacific: Cultural Internationalism and Race Politics in the Women’s Pan-Pacific. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2009.
Rønning, Anne Holden, “Literary Transculturation and Modernity: Some Reflections.” Transnational Literature, 4, no. 1 (Nov 2011):
Tyrrell, Ian. “Looking eastward: Pacific and global perspectives on American history in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries,” The Japanese Journal of American Studies, 18 (2007): 41-57.
– – -. True Gardens of the Gods. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999.

Travel & Tourism: Australasian-Pacific/ Interwar Focus

Atkinson, Neill. “‘Call for the beaches’: Rail travel and the democratisation of holidays in interwar New Zealand.” The Journal of Transport History 33:1 (2012): 1-20.
Buckley, K. and K. Klugman. The History of Burns Philp: The Australian company in the South Pacific. Sydney: Burns Philp & Co. Ltd, 1981.
Burns, Philp & Co. Picturesque Travel. Melbourne: Burns Philp, 1925.
Coons, Lorraine and Alexander Varias. Tourist Third Cabin: Steamship Travel in the Interwar Years. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
Dixon, Robert. Prosthetic Gods: Travel, Representation and Colonial Governance. St Lucia, Brisbane: University of Queensland Press, 2001.
Douglas, Ngaire. They Came for Savages: 100 Years of Tourism in Melanesia. Lismore, NSW: Southern Cross University Press, 1996.
Douglas, Ngaire. “The Fearful and the Fanciful: Early tourists’ perceptions of Western Melanesia.” The Journal of Tourism Studies 8, no. 1 (May 1997): 52-61.
– – – and Norman Douglas. “Paradise and Other Ports of Call: Cruising in the Pacific Islands.” Cruise Ship Tourism. Ed. Ross K.Dowling. Oxfordshire, UK: CABI. 184-94
* – – – and Norman Douglas. “P and O’s Pacific.” Journal of Tourism Studies 7.2 (Dec 1996): 2-14.
– – – and Norman Douglas. “Cruising the South Pacific Islands.” SIGNALS: The MAgazine of the Australian Maritime Museum 34 (1996).
Emmons, Frederick. Pacific Liners: 1927-72. Devon, UK: Frederick Emmons, 1973.
Gregory, Alexis. “Across the Pond” and “The Birth of the Modern Liner.” The Golden Age of Travel. London:
Cassell, 1998. 203-17.
Hall, Colin. Tourism in the Pacific Rim: Development, Impact, and Markets. Melbourne: Longman Cheshire,
Hoarth, David and Stephen Howarth. The Story of P&O: The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation
Company. London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1989.
Lawson, Will. How to Travel at Home and Abroad. Sydney: 1939.
Lyons, Paul. “Pacific Scholarship, Literary Criticism, and Toristic Desore: The Specter of A. Grove Day.” Boundary 2, 24, no, 2 (Summer 1997): 47-78.
McCarron, Stewart. Stewart’s Handbook of the Pacific Islands. Sydney: 1923 [Microform NLA] Matson Navigation Co. Hawaii Matson Line: Delightful Days at Sea. San Francisco: Matson Navigation Co, 1926.
Oceanic Steamship Company. The SS Mariposa, SS Monterey: NewShips in a New Service, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Hawaii, California. San Francisco: Oceanic Steamship Company, 193-.
Pesman, Ros. Duty Free: Australian Women Abroad. Melbourne: Oxford UP, 1996.
– – – . “Overseas Travel of Australian Women: Sources in the Australian Manuscripts Collection of the State Library of Victoria.” LaTrobe Journal (58) 1996:
– – -. See in above [Ros Pesman, David Walker, and Richard White, Annotated bibliography of Australian overseas travel writing 1830–1970, compiled by Terri McCormack, Canberra, ALIA Press, 1996. [ALIA bibliographies on disk] Plowman, Piers. Passenger Ships of Australia and New Zealand. Greenwich: Conway Maritime , 1981.
Plowman, Piers. From emigrant ships to luxury liners. Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 1992.
Pocock, Celmara. “Blue Lagoons and Coconut Palms’: The Creation of a Tropical Idyll in Australia.” The Australian Journal of Anthropology 16.3 (2005): 335-349.
– – -. A playground for science: Great Barrier Reef. Queensland Historical Atlas 2009-10., 2010
Richardson, John. History of Australian Travel and Tourism. Melbourne: Hospitality Press, 1999.
Steel, Frances. “An Ocean of Leisure: Early Cruise Tours of the Pacific in an Age of Empire.” Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History. 14 (2013).
—. Oceania Under Steam: Sea Transport and the Cultures of Colonialism, c.1870-1914. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2011.
– – -. “Suva Under Steam: Mobile Men and a Colonial Port Capital, 1880s-1910s.” Moving Subjects: Gender, Mobility and Intimacy in an Age of Global Empire. Tony Ballantyne and Antionette Burton, eds. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2008. 110-26.
– – -. . “Via New Zealand Around the World.” Coast to Coast: Case Histories of Modern Pacific Crossings. Ed. Prue Ahrens and Chris Dixon. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010. 59-76.
Stephen, Ann, ed. Pirating the Pacific: Images of Travel, Trade & Tourism. Sydney: Powerhouse, 1993.
Thomas Cook Ltd. Voyages Around the World: Pacific Area. Thomas Cook, 1926.
Thomas Cook & Son. Tours to Sunny Lands and Cruises in the South Seas. Melbourne: Thomas Cook and Son,
– – -. Summer Holidays in New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, New Zealand, South Australia, West Australia, Victoria: Short Sea Trips to Java, Ceylon, Hawaii. Sydney: Thos Cook and Son, 1928.
Walton, John K. Histories of Tourism: Representation, Identity and Conflict. Channel View: 2005.
White, Richard, ed. Australian Travel Writing special number of Studies in Travel Writing 11(1) March 2007
– – – . On Holidays: A History of Getting Away in Australia Pluto, Melbourne, 2005 (with Sarah-Jane Ballard, Ingrid Brown, Meredith Lake, Patricia Leehy, Lila Oldmeadow).
Woollacott, Angela. To Try her Fortune in London: Australian Women, Colonialism and Modernity. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2001.


Travel, Tourism, and Cosmopolitanism: General

Anderson, Amanda. The Powers of Distance: Cosmopolitanism and the Cultivation of Distance. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001.
Ball, John Clement. Imagining London: Postcolonial Fiction and the Transnational Metropolis. U of Toronto P, 2004.
Berman, Jessica. Modernist Fiction, Cosmopolitanism & the Politics of Community. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2001.
Brennan, Timothy. At Home in the World: Cosmopolitanism Now. Cambridge, MA:Harvard UP, 1997.
Coons, Lorraine and Alexander Varias. Tourist Third Cabin: Steamship Travel in the Interwar Years. New York; Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
Coleman, Simon and Mike Craig, eds. Tourism: Between Place and Performance. New York: Bergham Books, 2002.
Fussell, Paul. Abroad: British Literary Travelling Between the Wars. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1982.
Gattrell, Simon. “Thomas Cook & Son: Monopolised Global Touring Before WWI.” Travel and Travel Writing. Find ref.
Gilbert, Helen and Anna Johnston, eds. In Transit: Travel, Text, Empire. Bern: P Lang, 2002.
Harrison, Julia. Being a Tourist: Finding Meaning in Pleasure Travel. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2003. [partly based on interviews with Cdn travellers] Keefer, Janice Kulyk. Under Eastern Eyes: A Critical Reading of Maritime Fiction. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1987. [Transatlantic Focus] MacCannell, Dean. The Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class. New York: Schocken Books, 1976.[see useful review at] Morgan, Cecilia. ‘A Happy Holiday’: English Canadians and Transatlantic Tourism, 1870-1930. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2008.
Pratt, Mary Louise. Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation. London: Routledge, 1992.
Quartermaine, Peter and Bruce Peter. Cruise: Identity, Design and Culture. London: Laurence King, 2006.
Rojek, Chris and John Urry, eds. Touring Cultures: Transformations of Travel and Theory. London: Routledge, 1997.
Smith, Sidonie. Moving Lives: Twentieth-Century Women’s Travel Writing. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2001.
Swinglehurst, Edmund. Cook’s Tours: The Story of Popular Travel. London: Blandford, 1982.
Urry, John. The Tourist Gaze. 2nd. Ed. London: Sage, 2002
Walkowitz, Rebecca L. Cosmopolitan Style: Modernism Beyond the Nation. Columbia UP, 2006.
Zilcosky, John, ed. Writing Travel: the Poetics and Politics of the Modern Journal. U of T Press, 2008.
Special dossier on ‘local cosmopolitanisms’ in Journal of Commonwealth Literature 46.1 (2011), particularly articles by Neil Lazarus and Stephanie Newell.
Editorial in Journal of Commonwealth Literature 46.2 gives overview of development of term ‘cosmopolitan’, with really good reference list to the theory side (Derrida, Pollock, Fine, Breckenridge, Appiah)


History of Interwar Years: General and Regional Focus

Bayley, Christopher. The Birth of the Modern World 1780-1914. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004.
Carter, David. “Australian Modernity.” Dispossession, Dreams & Diversity: Issues in Australian Studies. Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson, 2006: 209-32.
Deamer, Dulcie. The Queen of Bohemia: The Autobiography of Dulcie Deamer. St. Lucia: U of Queensland P, 1998.
Day, David. The Great Betrayal: Britain, Australia and the Onset of the Pacific War, 1939-42. Sydney: Angus & Robertson. 1988.
Dixon, Robert and Veronica Kelly, eds. Impact of the Modern: Vernacular Modernities in Australia 1870s to 1960s.
Sydney: Sydney UP, 2008.
Doyle, Laura and Laura Winkiel. Geomodernisms: Race, Modernism, Modernity. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2005.
Eley, Beverly. Ion Idriess. Sydney: ETT, 1995.
Kirkpatrick, Peter. The Sea-Coast of Bohemia: Literary Life in Sydney’s Roaring Twenties. Perth: API Network,
– – – and Robert Dixon, eds. [in press], Republics of Letters: Literary Communities in Australia, Sydney University Press, Sydney.
Macintyre, Stuart. The Succeeding Age: The Oxford History of Australia Volume 4 1901-1942. Melbourne: Oxford
UP, 1986.
Matthews, Jill Julius. Dance Hall and Picture Palace: Sydney’s Romance with Modernity. Sydney: Currency, 2005.
– – -. Good and Mad Women. The Historical Construction of Femininity in Twentieth Century Australia. Sydney:
George Allen & Unwin, 6th impression 1993.
Melman, Billie, Women and the Popular Imagination in the Twenties. New York: St Martin’s Press, 1988.
Moore, Deirdre. Survivors of Beauty: Memoirs of Dora and Bert Birtles. Sydney: Book Collector’s Society of
Australia, 1996. [A good social history of Australia in this period; see my theory that Dora Birtles was editor of The BP Magazine] Palmer, Nettie. Modern Australian Literature 1900-1923. Melbourne: Lothian, 1924.
Reid, Ian. Fiction and the Great Depression: Australia and New Zealand 1930-1950. London: Edward Arnold, 1979.
Walker, R.B. Yesterday’s News: A History of the Newspaper Press in New South Wales from 1920 to 1945. Sydney: Sydney UP, 1980.
Walker, Anxious Nation: Australia and the Rise of Asia 1850-1939. St Lucia: U of Queensland P, 1999.
White, Richard. Inventing Australia: Images and Identity 1688-1980 Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1981.
Wiegand, Steve. Lessons from the Great Depression for Dummies. 2009. [not scholarly but excellent background on Great Depression.]


Middlebrow and Interwar Magazine Culture Australia-New Zealand

Bennett, Bruce, ed. Cross Currents: Magazines and Newspapers in Australian Literature. Melbourne: Longman Cheshire, 1981.
Bode, Katherine and Carole Hetherington. Non-Australian Novels in Australian Periodicals. ASAL Conference
Paper. July 4 2013 Wagga Wagga, NSW.
Buckridge, Pat. “Good Reading in the Australian Women’s Weekly. JASAL 1 (2002):
* Carter, David. “Esprit de Nation and Popular Modernity: Aussie Magazine 1920-31.” History Australia. 5.3 (2008): 74.1-74.22. [excellent on gender and populist nationalism] – – -. “Magazine Culture: Notes Towards a History of Australian Periodical Publications 1920-1970.” Australian Literature and the Public Sphere: Refereed Proceedings of the 1998 JASAL Conference. Eds Alison Bartlett, Robert Dixon, and Christopher Lee. Toowoomba, Australia: 1999. 69-79.
– – -. “Magazine History.” Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy 99 (May 2001): 9-14.
* – – -. “Modernity and the Gendering of Middlebrow Book Culture in Australia.” The Masculine Middlebrow, 1880- 1950: What Mr Miniver Read. Ed. Kate McDonald. Chicago: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
* – – – “The Mystery of the Missing Middlebrow, or, The C(o)urse of Good Taste.” Imagining Australia: Literature and Culture in the New World. Ed. Judith Ryan and Chris Wallace-Crabbe. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University, Committee on Australian Studies, 2004. 173-201
* – – -. “Some Means of Learning of the Best New Books: All About Books and the Modern Reader.” Australian Literary Studies 22:3. 329-41.
Conor, Liz. The Spectacular Modern Woman: Feminine Visibility in the 1920s, Bloomington, IN: Indiana UP, 2004.
Greenop, Frank. History of Magazine Publishing in Australia. Sydney: K.G. Murray, 1947.
Howe, Graham and Erika Esau, eds. E.O. Hoppé’s Australia. New York: WW Norton, 2008.
Hilliard, Christopher. The Bookmen’s Dominion: Cultural Life in New Zealand, 1920-1950. Auckland: Auckland UP, 2006.
Kuttainen, Victoria. “The Golden Age of Pacific Travel.” Telling Stories. Ed. Tanya Dalziell. Melbourne: Monash UP, 2013. [on The BP Magazine: in press] – – -. A Lost Australian Story: Man in the 1930s. LiNQ 36 (2009): 161-80.
– – -.“Trafficking Literature: Modernity, Mobility and Middlebrow Culture in Canada and Australia.” IJCS
International Journal of Canadian Studies. Special Issue of Travel, Magazines, and Middlebrow Culture in Canada 1925-1965. Eds. Faye Hammill and Michelle Smith. [in press] Lawlor, Pat. Confessions of a Journalist. Auckland: Whitcombe & Tombes, 1935.
Lindesay, Vane. The Way We Were: Australian Popular Magazines 1856-1969. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1983.
Modjeska, Drusilla. Exiles at Home: Australian Women Writers 1921-1945. Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1981.
Paper Dolls: Australian Pin-ups of World War 2. Nar. Claudia Karvan. Marina Films and SBS. 2008.
Osborne, Roger. “Behind the Book: Vance Palmer’s Short Stories and Australian Magazine Culture in the 1920s. Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (JASAL). 6: 49-64.
– – -. “A National Interest in an International Market: Australian Magazine Culture in the 1920s.” History Australia 5.3 (December 2008):
Pearce, Sharyn. Shameless Scribblers: Australian Women’s Journalism 1880-1995. Rockhampton: Central Queensland UP, 1998.
Quanchi, Max. “Merl La Voy: An American Photographer in the South Seas.” Coast to Coast: Case Histories of Modern Pacific Crossings. Ahrens, Prue and Chris Dixon, Eds. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars P, 2010. 117-38.
Rees, Anne. Mary Cecil Allen: Modernism and Modernity in Melbourne 1935-1960. Electronic Melbourne Art Journal (emaj), no. 5, 2010.
Reid, Ian. “Publishing, Fiction-Writers and Periodicals in the 1930s.” Cross Currents: Magazines and Newspapers in Australian Literature. Ed. Bruce Bennett. Melbourne: Longham Cheshire, 1981.
Roderick, Colin. 20 Australian Novelists. Sydney and London: Angus and Robertson, 1947.
Rolls, Mitchell. Rolls, ‘Reading Walkabout in the 1930s’, Australian Studies. 2 (2010): 1-15.
– – -. “Picture Imperfect: Re-Reading Imagery of Aborigines in Walkabout.” Journal of Australian Studies. 33.1: 19-35.
White, Richard. “The Importance of Being Man.” Australian Popular Culture. Ed. Peter Spearritt and David Walker. Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 1979. [on Man mag.] Woods, Joanna. Facing the Music: Charles Baeyertz and The Triad. Dunedin: Otago University Press, 2008.


Middlebrow in General (and Modernism)

Bracco, Rosa Maria. Merchants of Hope: British Middlebrow Writers and the First World War. 1919-1939. Oxford: Berg, 1993. (An analysis of fictional representations of the First World War in bestselling middlebrow fiction. Female authors discussed include Benson, Bottome, Brittain, Jameson, Tey, Sinclair and Woolf.)
Bracco, Rosa Maria, Betwixt and Between: Middlebrow Fiction and English Society in the 20s and 30s. Melbourne: The University of Melbourne, 1990.
Brown, Erica and Mary Grover, eds. Middlebrow Literary Cultures: the Battle of the Brows 1920-1960. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
Calwetti, John. Adventure, Mystery, and Romance: Formula Stories as Art and Popular Culture. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1976.
Deen, Stella, ed. Challenging Modernism: New Readings in Literature and Culture, 1914-45. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002). (questions categorisation of high and low literature)
Earl, David M. re-Covering Modernism: Pulps, Paperbacks and the Prejudice of Form. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009. (includes discussion of publishing formats, incl magazines, in relation to modernism and middlebrow)
Grover, Mary. The Ordeal of Warwick Deeping: Middlebrow Authorship and Cultural Embarrassment. Associated University Press, 2009.
Hammill, Faye. Women, Celebrity, and Literary Culture Between the Wars. Austin: U of Texas P, 2007.
Harker, Jaime. America the Middlebrow: Women’s Novels, Progressivism, and Middlebrow Authorship Between the Wars. Cambridge, Mass: U of Massachusetts P, 2008.
– – -.. “Modernism, Passing the Buck: ‘Orientals’, Middlebrow and The Good Earth. Precursors and Aftermaths 1.1 (Spring 2000): 5-26.
Hill, Colin. Modern Realism in English-Canadian Fiction. Forthcoming, U of T P, Mar. 2012
Humble, Nicola. The Feminine Middlebrow Novel 1920s-1950s: Class, Domesticity and Bohemianism. Oxford, Oxford UP, 2004.
Murray, Heather. “The Canadian Readers Meet: The Canadian Literature Club of Toronto, Donald G. French, and the Middlebrow Modernist Reader”. Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada/Cahiers de la Société Bibliographique du Canada: 46.2 ( 2008 Fall), pp. 149-183.
Rifkind, Candida. ‘Too Close to Home: Middlebrow Anti-Modernism & the Poetry of Edna Jacques.’ J of Canadian Studies 39.1 (2005). 90-114. [excellent piece on anti-modernism] – – -.. ‘The Returning Reader: Canadian Serial Fiction and Mazo de la Roche’s Jalna. ‘ In Middlebrow Literary Cultures: The Battle of the Brows 1920s-1960s. Palgrave, 2011. 171-186.
Radway, Janice. A Feeling for Books: The Book of the Month Club, Literary Taste, and Middle-Class Desire. Chapel Hill and London: U of North Carolina P, 1997.
– – -. Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy , and Popular Literature. Chapel Hill and London: U of North Carolina P, 1991.
Rubin, Joan Shelley. The Making of Middlebrow Culture. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1992.
Tector, Amy. ‘Healing Landscapes & Evolving Nationalism in Interwar Canadian Middlebrow Fiction of the First World War.’ In Kate Macdonald, ed. The Masculine Middlebrow, 1890-1950: What Mr Miniver Read. Palgrave, 2011. 104-118. [NB: this book also contains chapters on Australian & N Z middlebrow] Swirski, Peter. From Lobrow to Nowbrow. Montreal and Toronto: McGill-Queens UP, 2005.

For general material on middlebrow, see the Middlebrow Network project bibliography.


Magazines: General

Ardis, Ann. Transatlantic Print Culture 1880-1940: Emerging Media, Emerging Modernisms. Houndsmill, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. (focus on periodicals)
– – -, ed.. Special Issue modernism/modernity on magazines. September 2012. Ed. Ann Ardis, See in particular her introduction “Mediamorphosis: Print Culture and Transatlantic/Transnational Public Spheres.”
Aynsley, Jeremy and Kate Forde, eds. Design and the Modern Magazine. Manchester: Manchester UP, 2007.
Baron, Harold. The magazine Vanity Fair and the Its Ability to Interpret and Reflect Literary Trends of its Times: Some Interpretations of Literature, The Magazine, and Mass Communication in Commercial Society. Unpublished PhD dissertation. NYU: 1970. [Victoria has extensive notes on this on file].
Brooker , Peter and Andrew Thacker. The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2012.
Clark, Daniel A. Creating the College Man: American Mass Magazines and Middle-Class Manhood 189—1915. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 2010. [rev in J Am Studs 45.1 (2011)] Damon-Moore, Helen. Magazine for the Millions: Gender and Commerce in The Ladies’ Home Journal and The Saturday Evening Post, 1880-1910. Albany: New York UP, 1994.
Earle, David M. Re-Covering Modernism: Pulps, Paperbacks and the Prejudice of Form. Farnham, Ashgate, 2009.
Fraterrigo, Elizabeth. Playboy & the Making of the Good Life in Modern America. NY: Oxford UP, 2009. [Reviewed in J American Studies 44 (2010) – mainstream culture, aspiration to m-c status] Green, Anne. Changing France: Literature and Material Culture in the Second Empire. Anthem Press, 2011. [discusses how fiction, fashion magazines, manuals etc helped readers negotiate new cultural phenomena]
Hammill, Faye and Karen Leick. “Modernism and the Quality Magazines: Vanity Fair 1914-36; American Mercury 1924-81; New Yorker 1925-, Esquire (1933-). Chapter 7. Brooker , Peter and Andrew Thacker. The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2012.
Keyser, Catherine. Playing Smart: New York Women Writers and Modern Magazine Culture. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2010.
Lutes, Jean Marie. ‘Beyond the Bounds of the Book: Periodical Studies and Women Writers of the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries.’ Legacy 27.2 (2010): 336-356.
Lutz, Catherine and Jane Collins, Reading National Geographic: [middlebrow imagination and South Pacific]. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1993.
McCracken, Ellen. Decoding Women’s Magazines: From Mademoiselle to Ms. Basingstoke: Macmillan 1993.
Mendelson, Jordana. Magazines, Modernity and War. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte, 2011.
Morrisson, Mark S. The Public Face of Modernism: Little Magazines, Audiences and Reception, 1905-1920. Madison, WI: U of Wisconsin P, 2001.
*Ohmann, Richard. Selling Culture: Magazines, Markets and Class at the Turn of the Century. London: Verso, 1996.
Reed, David. The Popular Magazine in Britain and the United States of America, 1880-1960. London: British Library, 1997.
Scanlon, Jennifer. Inarticulate Longings: “The Ladies’ Home Journal,” Gender, and the Promises of Consumer Culture. New York: Routledge 1989.
Scholes, Bob and Cliff Wulfman. Their book on modernism in magazines has a chapter on the periodical scene in 1910.
* Sheridan, Susan. with Barbara Baird, Kate Borrett and Lyndall Ryan. Who Was That Woman? The Australian Women’s Weekly in the Postwar Years 1946-71. Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2002.
Smith, Erin. Hard-Boiled: Working Class Readers and Pulp Magazines. Philadelphia: Temple UP 2000.
Smith, Michelle. “From ‘The Offal of the Canada’s Magazine Trade’ to ‘Absolutely Priceless: Considering the Canadian Pulp Magazine Collection.’” English Studies in Canada. 30.1 (2004): 101-16.
*- – -. “Mainstream Magazines, Middlebrow Fiction, and Leslie Gordon Barnard’s ‘The Winter Road.’” SLC/ELC (37.1) 2012. 8-30.


History of Reading & History of the Book

Benwell, Bethan, James Proctor and Gemma Robinson, eds. Postcolonial Audiences: Readers, Viewers and Reception. London: Routledge, 2012.
Bode, Katherine. Reading by Numbers: Recalibrating the Literary Field. London: Anthem, 2012.
Buckridge, Pat. [see section Middlebrow and Interwar Periodical Culture Australia-New Zealand of this bib] * Carter, David. “Some Means of Learning of the Best New Books”: All About Books and the Modern Reader.
Australian Literary Studies. 22:3 (May). 329-41.
– – -. “Transpacific or Transatlantic Traffic? Australian Books and American Publishers.” Dixon, Robert and Nicholas Birns, eds. Reading Across the Pacific: Australia-United States Intellectual Histories. Sydney: U of Sydney P, 2010. 339-61.
Dixon, Robert. “Home or Away? The Trope of Place in Australian Literary Criticism and Literary History. “ Westerly. 54:1 (2009): 12-17.
Dolin, Tim. “Fiction and the Australian Reading Public 1880-1914.”
Earle, David M. Re-Covering Modernism: Pulps, Paperbacks and the Prejudice of Form. Farnham, Ashgate 2009.
Gaunt, Heather, “‘How to encourage our literature’: Australian fiction in the Australian Public Library before the Second World War.” Australian Literary Studies, 27, no. 1 (2012), 47-61.
Jockers, Matthew. Macroanalysis: Digital Methods and Literary History. Chicago: U of Illinois P, 2013.
Leavis, Q.D. “The Book Market”, in Shafquat Towheed, Rosalind Crone and Katie Halsey, eds., The History of Reading: A Reader. London: Routledge, 2011, pp. 13-22.
– – -. Fiction and the Reading Public. London: Chatto and Windus, 1939.
Lyons, Martyn and Lucy Taksa. Australian Readers Remember: An Oral History of Reading 1890-1930. Oxford UP, 1992.
– – – and John Arnold, eds. A History of the Book in Australia Volume Two 1891-1945: A National Culture in a Colonised Market. St. Lucia: University of Queensland P, 2001.
Lyons, Martyn. “What is the history of reading and writing?”, in A History of Reading and Writing in the Western World. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, pp. 1-11.
Matthews, Brian, Ed. Readers, Writers, Publishers: Essays and Poems. Canberra: Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2004. 115-34.
Nile, Richard. The Making of the Australian Literary Imagination. St.Lucia, Qld: U of Queensland P, 2002.
– – – and David Walker. “Marketing the Literary Imagination: Production of Australian Literature 1915-1965. New Literary History of Australia. Ed. Laurie Hergenhan. Ringwood: Penguin, 1988. 284-302.
Webby, Elizabeth. “Not Reading the Nation: Australian Readers of the 1890s.” Australian Literary Studies. 22.2 (April 2006).



Bornstein, George. Material Modernism: The Politics of the Page. Cambridge UP, 2001.
Crawford, Robert. But Wait, There’s More: A History of Australian Advertising 1900-2000. Melbourne: Melbourne UP, 2008.
Gruber Garvey, Ellen. The Adman in the Parlor: Magazines and the Gendering of Consumer Culture, 1880s to 1910s. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.
Johnston, Russell. Selling Themselves: The Emergence of Canadian Advertising. U of T P, 2001.
Marchand, Roland. Advertising the American Dream: Making Way for Modernity, 1920-1940. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985.
Reekie, Gail. Temptations: Sex, Selling and the Department Store. Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1993. [Australian focus]


Taste, Consumption, Art, Fashion

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BP Dec 1939 cover

About the Project

In the interwar years, when ocean cruises and leisure travel became massified, the Pacific and travel across the Pacific featured heavily in Australia's popular print culture, contributing to an atmosphere of modernity and consumer culture. How did mainstream and quality periodicals represent Australians’ engagement with the Pacific in the period 1920-1940? What can magazines and the many texts within them - short stories, current affairs, book and film reviews, advertisements and gossip notes - tell us about the geographical imaginary of Australian in this period? Our project explores the textual and visual imagery of the Pacific that formed part of Australian popular and consumer culture, in a period often seen as dominated by cultural and radical nationalism.