Typically, research and writing on literary journalism center either on anecdotes and memoirs of individual authors and their writings or on the attempt to write a comprehensive history or theory of the form. Both have their shortcomings for approaching the field. The method of analyzing Esquire as a platform for literary journalism proposed by this article presents a combination of both approaches based on Alberto Melucci’s network theory. Based on the understanding of the 1960’s literary journalism as a movement, Melucci’s approach provides the groundwork for analyzing the networks of writers and editors in their respective “field of opportunities and constraints” (1989: 26). This helps scholars investigate the comprehensive conditions out of which narrative forms develop but also benefits students and authors in providing a realistic understanding of publishing circumstances for their own work.
Recommended CitationZinke, A., More than a magazine, more than people: Esquire and the publishing conditions of literary journalism in the 1960s, Asia Pacific Media Educator, 18, 2007, 101-112.