, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 499–502 | Cite as

Material entanglements and the “two cultures” in fin-de-siècle magazines

Will Tattersdill: Science, Fiction, and the Fin-de-Siècle Periodical Press. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016, x+220pp, £67.99 HB
  • Rachel CrosslandEmail author
Book Review

In Science, Fiction, and the Fin-de-Siècle Periodical Press, Will Tattersdill offers a wide-ranging account of the ways in which late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century general magazines can be seen to complicate what is still often thought of as the “two cultures” divide between literature and science. Focusing on what Mike Ashley has called “Standard Illustrated Popular Magazines” between 1891 and 1905, Tattersdill highlights the diversity, inclusivity and popularity of such hybrid publications and explores a fascinating mixture of texts—from stories to non-fiction articles, as well as advertisements and interview pieces. Using the term “material entanglements”, Tattersdill shows how these different ideas, texts and approaches were “literally bound together” in these sorts of publications (2): the eminently useful phrase “material entanglements” has great potential in the growing field of periodical studies, although personally I would have enjoyed further reflection on this...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HumanitiesUniversity of ChichesterChichesterUK

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