The Dalhousie Review, founded 1921 at Dalhousie University as "A Canadian Journal of Literature and Opinion," is one of those academic quarterlies that have largely taken the place in Canada of the journals of affairs that flourish in Britain and the US. The first editor, H.L. Stewart, declared, "We avow a nationalism that is not prejudice and a provincialism that is not narrowness." Stewart aimed to situate the publication's demographic between that of specialized journals and the popular press. The Review has sustained this ideal, representing faithfully the intellectual life of the Maritimes while remaining open to scholars from elsewhere. Dalhousie Review also publishes the work of fiction writers and poets, many of them, like W.K. Valgardson, early in their careers. A large section is devoted to reviews of recent books and current affairs. During the 1950s, the publication began to print works of short fiction alongside articles and poetry. In 1997, the Dalhousie Review underwent a complete redesign to attract new readership. The Review accepts contributions of articles in a variety of fields, including history, literature, political science, philosophy, sociology, performing arts and visual culture; prose fiction and poetry; and book reviews.