This special issue probes our definitions and understandings of both the ‘radical’
and the ‘American’ in North American print and periodical culture. As many of the
subsequent papers demonstrate, notions of radicalism as expressed in American periodicals
often necessitate(d) looking beyond the nation state. Similarly, this issue highlights
the fluidity of ‘radicalism’ as a temporal and technological concept; relatable not
only to literary content, but also to graphic design, editorial control, foreign language
use, subscription policies, and other aspects of production, dissemination and reception.
Thematically and conceptually diverse, the articles collated here provide a judicious
intervention into the developing field of periodical studies.