Fall 2011

"Little" Magazines

Listed in: English, as ENGL-397


Jennifer M. Acker (Section 01)


This course will introduce students to the history and role of English-language literary magazines.  We will begin with an overview of the function of literary, or “little,” magazines in America, England, and Canada, learning how they shaped literary trends and launched the careers of major writers.  Students will read both important defunct magazines and influential contemporary magazines (print and digital) and analyze their editorial visions and reasons for their success or failure.  Students will also learn the nuts and bolts of editing and publishing a literary magazine today through involvement with The Common, the new print literary magazine based at Amherst College.  Students will read and evaluate fiction and nonfiction submissions, submit edited manuscripts for discussion, and produce web content for The Common Online.

Requisite:  One English course at the 200 level or higher.  Limited to 15 students.  Fall semester.  Visiting Lecturer Acker.

If Overenrolled: Over-enrollment will be handled on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.


Artistic Practice, Community Based Learning


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011