Introduction: Reconsidering ‘Little’ versus ‘Big’ Periodicals

  • Evanghelia Stead University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin


Launching the special issue, this introduction posits the strong contrast between ‘little’ and ‘big’ periodicals in historical context and within languages, primarily the ‘petite revue’ in French and the ‘little magazine’ in English. Referring to key texts, it looks at the historical birth of this antagonism and examines various uses of the terms that foster an enduring critical category. It stresses the implications of such terminology and addresses some queries. Asking what makes such expressions so resilient, it briefly presents recent scholarly responses to outright rivalry, and concentrates on the way this special issue tackles the topic.

Author Biography

Evanghelia Stead, University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin

Evanghelia Stead, currently member of the Institut Universitaire de France and Comparative Literature Professor at the University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin (UVSQ), runs the TIGRE seminar at the École Normale Supérieure on print and visual culture. Researching books, periodicals, circulation, reception, and myth in Europe, she is currently exploring the ‘Thousand and Second Night’ literary tradition (in relation with the Arabian Nights) and Goethe’s Faust I print culture. Among her publications are La Chair du livre: matérialité, imaginaire et poétique du livre fin-de-siècle (2012), and two volumes on periodicals co-edited with Hélène Védrine, L’Europe des revues (1880–1920): Estampes, photographies, illustrations (2008), and L’Europe des revues II (1860-1930): réseaux et circulation des modèles (forthcoming 2017).