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This journal collection enriches and deepens research about a wide range of authors from the modernist period. Try searching for references to artists who had close affiliations with modernist and avant-garde movements of the time, including those in the fields of visual arts and music.

The Langston Hughes Review also covers lesser-known writers of Hughes’ period, including a number of women writers such as Alice Dunbar and Dorothy West. And in Variaciones Borges you will find research linking Borges to Astor Piazzolla, an Argentine composer, as well as to the economist Thorstein Veblen.

Searching this module can lead researchers to a number of exciting interdisciplinary connections!

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Rare Art Journals

Along with these newly available titles, JSTOR already includes a number of highly valuable resources relevant to the study of Modernism that are freely available through our Early Journal Content program. Among these resources are 34 rare American art journals published from the late 19th and early 20th century made available in collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Collection, and the Brooklyn Museum. The journals, which include Art Amateur, Illustrated Magazine of Art, and American Art Review, contribute vital scholarship about the rise of Modern art and aesthetics in Europe and the United States, with exhibition reviews, scholarly articles, and images that connect with the trends of the Modernist literary movement.

Modernist Authors Image Group
This broad selection of images supports the study of modernism and modernist literature. It includes portraits of authors, art related to literature, and graphic design ranging from the mid-19th to the 21st century.

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About Modernist Authors

Supporting the study of key figures and texts from the late 19th and early 20th century, the Lives of Literature collection includes 43 journals dedicated to Modernist authors. These journals focus on a single author or text as an entry point to covering that writer and their sphere or era. This content fulfills a need within the scholarly community for in-depth study about an individual author, while also supporting advanced literary studies on an entire age by adding more diverse coverage of a broader range of authors and of interpretive approaches. Touching on interdisciplinary fields including Irish Studies, Latin American Studies, and African American Studies, authors covered within this cluster of journals include Langston Hughes, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, and Jorge Luis Borges.

Selected External Resources


Modernist Journals Project
Digital editions of culturally significant English-language periodicals from the early 20th century, from Brown University and the University of Tulsa.
Blue Mountain Project
Fully searchable editions of historical European avant-garde periodicals published between 1848 and 1923, digitized by Princeton University.
Modernist Magazines Project
Extensive catalog, with some issues digitized, of English-language, mostly British, modernist periodicals.
Woolf Publications Online
Resources compiled by the International Virginia Woolf Society, including a number of digitized works available online.
First World War Digital Poetry Archive
Digitized primary material from poets of the First World War period, including correspondence, photographs, and official documents as well as manuscripts.
International Dada Archive
A collection of 36 Dada periodicals as well as books, leaflets, and ephemera from the collection at the University of Iowa.


Modernism Lab
Collaborative research space dedicated to collecting information about the roots of literary modernism. Searchable by author as well as by year.
Index of Modernist Magazines
Bibliographic resource compiling information about British, American, and European modernist magazines.
Modernist Networks
Collection of digital scholarship in the field of modernist literary and cultural studies. Links to many excellent online resources!
Voice of the Shuttle
Links to a number of resources covering modernist authors, mostly British and American. Extremely comprehensive.

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Just for fun, we've created some coloring pages from copyright-free images in Artstor. Click on the small images below to get larger versions for printing. Enjoy!

de Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri. The Photographer Sescau. Print. 1894. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Gris, Juan. Violin and Playing Cards on a Table. Painting. 1913. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Boccioni, Umberto. States of Mind: The Farewells. Graphite on paper. 1911. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Crowley, Herbert E. The Martyrs – A Futurist’s Funeral Going Round a Corner. Drawing. 1910-24. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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