The radical literary magazine of the 1930s and British government surveillance: The case of Storm magazine

Smith, James (2010) The radical literary magazine of the 1930s and British government surveillance: The case of Storm magazine. Literature and History, 19 2: 69-86.

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Author Smith, James
Title The radical literary magazine of the 1930s and British government surveillance: The case of Storm magazine
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The radical literary magazine of the 1930s and British government surveillance: The case of Storm magazine
Journal name Literature and History   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0306-1973
Publication date 2010-10-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 19
Issue 2
Start page 69
End page 86
Total pages 18
Place of publication Manchester, Lancs, United Kingdom
Publisher Manchester University Press
Language eng
Abstract The 1930s would see the emergence of a new generation of left-wing literary magazines in Britain, and recently released files from the Security Service MI5 have shown the interest that government policing and intelligence agencies had in monitoring the operations of such publications. This article draws on the file that MI5 maintained on the young editor Douglas Jefferies in order to examine the case of Storm, a magazine that claimed to be 'The Only Magazine of Revolutionary Fiction' published in Britain. The material accumulated by MI5 now allows scholars to understand the involvement of Storm in key cultural networks and aesthetic debates, and also demonstrates the methods used by security agencies monitoring the radical intellectual movements of the period. Overall, this article suggests that, far from attempting to suppress such literary magazines, they were instead used as efficient hubs for surveillance, allowing MI5 to map out the rapidly shifting leftist cultural networks during the decade.
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Official 2011 Collection
 
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