Biography

My research and my teaching focus on four overlapping fields of inquiry: first, the recovery of neglected primary and secondary texts in Canada and how the recovery of such texts can impact Canadian literary culture; second, the increasingly arbitrary line between texts about young people but aimed at a general readership and texts for young people, particularly the implications of that distinction in terms of generic and age-based readership categories; third, the ways that print texts recirculate culturally and gain renewed currency in the form of new editions, abridgements, supplementary texts and franchises, stage and screen adaptations, commodity and tourist industries, and fan-created online texts; and fourth, the ways in which print, screen, and material texts circulate in the international marketplace. A major thread that links these fields of inquiry concerns depictions, in print or on screen, of young people, who are figured either as role models whom actual young people are encouraged to emulate, symbols of the future or of pre-socialized spontaneity that most adults have been socialized to repress, or both at once.

The work of L.M. Montgomery (1874–1942) and its derivatives have been at the centre of my research program for almost two decades. Not only does my work encompass the vast set of primary texts of an author whose popularity and influence persist more than a century after the publication of Anne of Green Gables, but also it traces the extent of her cultural footprint in adaptations and tourist sites, copyright and trademark legislation, book history, online communities, periodical culture, the archive, and the reception of these Canadian texts in markets around the world. My six books on this author include a three-volume critical anthology, The L.M. Montgomery Reader (University of Toronto Press, 2013–15), which consists of rare essays by Montgomery, interviews with her, commentary and scholarship on her work, coverage of her death and her funeral, and reviews of her books; the project won the 2016 PROSE Award for Literature by the Association of American Publishers. Most recently, I wrote the introduction to a Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of Anne of Green Gables (2017).

Since defending my Ph.D. dissertation at McMaster University in 2006, I have held a number of postdoctoral, visiting, and limited-term appointments, including Assistant Professor of English at the University of Winnipeg (2006–2007) and at Ryerson University (2016–2017), SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta (2007–2009), Leverhulme Visiting Fellow at the International Forum for Research in Children’s Literature, University of Worcester (2009–2010), and Visiting Scholar at the TransCanada Institute, University of Guelph (2012–2013). Since 2010, I have taught courses in English, Contemporary Studies (now Social and Environmental Justice), and Youth and Children’s Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, including a fourth-year seminar on the recirculation of Cinderella stories in contemporary culture. I also teach a course called Children’s Classics in the 21st Century in the graduate certificate program in publishing at Ryerson University.

I am currently busy with new projects on adolescent fiction, long-form serial television, Canadian adult fictions of childhood, periodical texts, and crossmedia adaptations, in addition to editing the Early Canadian Literature series (Wilfrid Laurier University Press), which returns to print rare texts deserving of reconsideration in the canon of Canadian literature. I also direct the Web resource L.M. Montgomery Online and serve on the editorial advisory board of Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures.

Education

2015 Graduate certificate (Publishing, Ryerson)
2006 Ph.D. (English, McMaster)
2001 M.A. (English, Guelph)
1999 B.A. (Hons.) (English Literature, Concordia)

Featured Publications

  • Introduction, Suggestions for Further Reading, “A Note on the Text,” Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery, xvii–xxx, xxxi–xxxiii, xxxv–xxxvi. Penguin Classics, 2017. Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Co-editor, Rilla of Ingleside, by L.M. Montgomery. Jointly with Andrea McKenzie. Viking Canada, 2010. xxvi + 390 pp. Includes Introduction (ix–xix), “A Note on the Text” (xx), “The Origins of the First World War” (xxi–xxiii), headnote for “Canadian Women’s Poetry of the First World War” (351), Glossary (354–87), and Further Reading (388–89), all jointly with Andrea McKenzie. Paperback edition, 2011.
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  • Editor, The Blythes Are Quoted, by L.M. Montgomery. Viking Canada, 2009. xvi + 527 pp. Includes Afterword (511–20) and “A Note on the Text” (521–22). Paperback edition, 2010. Subsequently translated into Polish, Finnish, and Japanese. Penguin Modern Classics Edition, 2018.
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  • “Editing in Canada: The Case of L.M. Montgomery.” Jointly with Irene Gammel. In Editing as Cultural Practice in Canada, edited by Dean Irvine and Smaro Kamboureli, 75–91. Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2016. TransCanada.
  • “Nationalism, Nostalgia, and Intergenerational Girlhood: Textual and Ideological Extensions to Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House.” In Children and Cultural Memory in Texts of Childhood, edited by Heather Snell and Lorna Hutchison, 47–65. Routledge, 2014. Children’s Literature and Culture.
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  • “Archival Adventures with L.M. Montgomery; or, ‘As Long as the Leaves Hold Together.’” Jointly with Vanessa Brown. In Basements and Attics, Closets and Cyberspace: Explorations in Canadian Women’s Archives, edited by Linda M. Morra and Jessica Schagerl, 233–48. Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2012. Life Writing. Also in The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 2: A Critical Heritage, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre, 371–86. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.
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  • “In Search of Someday: Trauma and Repetition in Joy Kogawa’s Fiction.” Journal of Canadian Studies / Revue d’études canadiennes 44, no. 3 (Fall 2010): 154–73.
  • “‘The Same as Bein’ Canadian’: John Marlyn’s Eye among the Blind.” Studies in Canadian Literature / Études en littérature canadienne 34, no. 1 (2009): 24–40.

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