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  • Locations: Oberlin, United States
  • Program Terms: Winter Term
  • Restrictions: Oberlin applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
WT Program Focus: Academic Focus
Program Description:
Program Details:
“Magazines: past, present, future” will ask what characterizes U.S. magazines of the past 250 years and  explore the cultural and political work to which they aspired (for example: gender conformity/non-conformity? racial identity? Racial  equality?  nationalism? cosmopolitanism?).  Meeting as a group  in the Forsythe Seminar Room in Special  Collections on the fourth floor of the Mary Church Terrell Library on weekdays  from 1:30- 4 pm and  also working individually and/or with the instruction participants will  have hands-on access to print magazines in Oberlin’s outstanding collection,  which goes back to the 1830s.  We will also explore virtual magazines. Working in groups, collectively, or individually, participants will create magazines of their own. 
Why “magazines?” Because, from the get-go, they have been a  culturally  and politically resonant medium, and because, whether as material objects or in electronic form, they are rewarding and often enjoyable to examine.   The word “magazine” originally meant “storehouse” or “miscellany” and that concept  aptly describes early U.S. magazines, which featured essays, fiction,  poetry, news, advice, and more. With  the take-off of print culture in the 1830s  many magazines specialized (think Godey’s  Ladies’ Book) and by  mid-century some were avowedly political—The Atlantic Monthly ‘s founders opposed slavery, The  Colored American Magazine promoted African American rights and culture.    In the later nineteenth century innovations in visual reproduction meant that magazines also  became more and more visually appealing. They also became increasingly embedded in  commodity capitalism; many were financed more by advertisements than by subscriptions, The story is ongoing: magazines have always continued to evolve in content, appearance and appeal and by late in the twentieth century many were taking virtual rather than print form. The future of magazines is open-- and uncertain--something we will address. 

There is no fee associated with this project.

Number of Students: 10

Dates: January 3rd - January 28th, 2020

Sandra Zagarell
Donald R. Longman Professor of English Emerita and Adjunct Professor of English

Oberlin College Deadlines (please confirm host program deadlines):
Oberlin College Deadlines (please confirm host program deadlines):
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Term 2020 12/06/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/03/2020 01/28/2020