Dr. Benjamin Lefebvre
Contract Academic Staff, English and Film Studies/Youth and Children's Studies
Contact InformationEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Location: 3–129 Woods Bldg.
Office Hours: Mon. 2:00-3:00 and Wed. 11:30-12:30 [Winter 2016]
Personal Website: http://roomofbensown.net
Postgraduate certificate, Publishing, Ryerson University (2015)
Ph.D., English, McMaster University (2006)
M.A., English, University of Guelph (2001)
B.A. (Hons.), English, Concordia University (1999)
Teaching (Winter 2016)
- EN201: Children's Literature (W, 2:30–4:20)
- YC/CT326: Children, Toys and Media (M, 4:00–6:50)
Courses Taught Previously at Laurier
- Children, Toys and Media
- Cinderella Stories: Fairy Tales and Contemporary Culture (Honours seminar)
- Contemporary Canadian Fiction
Courses Taught Elsewhere
- Adolescent Literary and Media Texts (Advanced studies)
- Canadian Children's Literature and Cultures
- Children's Classics in the 21st Century (Graduate certificate course)
- Fairy Tales and Culture
- Fairy Tales, Myth, and Poetry
- Fiction for Children
- Literature and Identity: Personal, Categorical, National
Dr. Benjamin Lefebvre has been teaching courses in English, in Youth and Children's Studies, and in Society, Culture, and Environment (formerly Contemporary Studies) at Laurier Brantford since 2010 and in English and Film Studies at Laurier Waterloo since 2016. Prior to working at Laurier, he was an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Winnipeg, a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta, and a Leverhulme Visiting Fellow at the University of Worcester (UK). He is affiliated with the Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures at the University of Winnipeg, the Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre at Ryerson University, and the Institute for Child and Youth Studies at the University of Lethbridge.
His expertise sits at the intersection of Canadian literary culture and print, screen, and material texts for young people, with an emphasis on gender and genre, adaptation, scholarly editing, the archive, and digital humanities. In addition to editing seven books and contributing journal articles, book chapters, and paratexts on a number of topics, he is Series Editor of the Early Canadian Literature Series (Wilfrid Laurier University Press), Copy Editor of Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, and Director of L.M. Montgomery Online.
The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 3: A Legacy in Review. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015. Includes “Introduction: A Legacy in Review” (3–48), “A Note on the Text” (49–50), headnotes for all twenty-four chapters, and “Epilogue: Posthumous Reviews, 1960–2013” (359–90).
The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 2: A Critical Heritage. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014. Includes “Introduction: A Critical Heritage” (3–49), “A Note on the Text” (50), and headnotes for all twenty chapters.
The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 1: A Life in Print. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013. Includes “Introduction: A Life in Print” (3–28), “A Note on the Text” (29–30), and headnotes for all eighty chapters and an epilogue.
Edited Collections of Essays
Textual Transformations in Children’s Literature: Adaptations, Translations, Reconsiderations. New York: Routledge, 2013. Children’s Literature and Culture. Includes “Introduction: Textual Transformations in Children’s Literature” (1–6). Paperback edition, 2015.
Anne’s World: A New Century of Anne of Green Gables. Jointly with Irene Gammel. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.
Rilla of Ingleside. By L.M. Montgomery. Edited and
with an introduction, jointly with Andrea McKenzie. Toronto: Viking
Canada, 2010. 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.
The Blythes Are Quoted. By L.M. Montgomery. Edited and with
an Afterword. Toronto: Viking Canada, 2009. Includes “Afterword”
(511–20) and “A Note on the Text” (521–22). Paperback edition, 2010.
Subsequently translated into Polish, Finnish, and Japanese.
Edited Book Series
Series Editor, Early Canadian Literature Series. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014–. Seven volumes to date, each with a preface by the series editor.
- The Foreigner, by Ralph Connor, afterword by Daniel Coleman (2014)
- Painted Fires, by Nellie L. McClung, afterword by Cecily Devereux (2014)
- The Traditional History and Characteristic Sketches of the Ojibway Nation, by George Copway, afterword by Shelley Hulan (2014)
- The Seats of the Mighty, by Gilbert Parker, afterword by Andrea Cabajsky (2015)
- The Forest of Bourg-Marie, by S. Frances Harrison, afterword by Cynthia Sugars (2015)
- The Flying Years, by Frederick Niven, afterword by Alison Calder (2015)
- In Due Season, by Christine van der Mark, afterword by Carole Gerson and Janice Dowson (forthcoming in 2016)
Recent Journal Articles and Book Chapters
“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. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, forthcoming in 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. New York: Routledge, 2014. Children’s Literature and Culture.
“Our Home on Native Land: Adapting and Readapting Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie.” In Textual Transformations in Children’s Literature: Adaptations, Translations, Reconsiderations, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre, 175–96. New York: Routledge, 2013. Children’s Literature and Culture.
“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. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 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.
“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.
“What’s in a Name? Towards a Theory of the Anne Brand.” In Anne’s World: A New Century of Anne of Green Gables, edited by Irene Gammel and Benjamin Lefebvre, 192–211. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.
“‘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.
Recent Paratexts and Miscellaneous Pieces
Introduction to A Tangled Web, by Lucy Maud Montgomery, 9–18. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2009. Voyageur Classics: Books That Explore Canada.
“The Plaid Shirts in My Closet.” English Studies in Canada 35, no. 2–3 (June–September 2009): 14–17.
“L.M. Montgomery and Her Publishers.” Historical Perspectives on Canadian Publishing, McMaster University/Queen’s University/Universiy of Toronto Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library, 2009. http://hpcanpub.mcmaster.ca/case-study/lm-montgomery-and-her-publishers.
Recent Review Articles and Reviews
Review of The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1901–1911, edited by Mary Henley Rubio and Elizabeth Hillman Waterston (Oxford University Press, 2013). Women’s Writing 22, no. 4 (2015): 525–27.
“Lucy Maud of Macneill Farm.” Review of The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889–1900, edited by Mary Henley Rubio and Elizabeth Hillman Waterston (Oxford University Press, 2012). The Globe and Mail, 21 July 2012, R16.
“There’s No Place like Home.” Review of Home Words: Discourses of Children’s Literature in Canada, edited by Mavis Reimer (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2008). Canadian Literature 200 (Spring 2009): 184–85.
“Wilder and Lane Revisited.” Review of Little House, Long Shadow: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Impact on American Culture, by Anita Clair Fellman (University of Missouri Press, 2008); Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane: Authorship, Place, Time, and Culture, by John E. Miller (University of Missouri Press, 2008). Children’s Literature 37 (2009): 271–75.
Conferences and Talks
Upcoming Conference Activity
Organizer and Chair, “Crossover Texts,” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English conference, University of Calgary, 29 May 2016.
Upcoming Conference Papers
“A Name for Herself: ‘L.M. Montgomery’ and the Possibilities of Gender” (plenary panel). L.M. Montgomery and Gender, University of Prince Edward Island, 23 June 2016.
“Complicated Likenesses: Canadian Youth Narratives Across Age-Based Readerships.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English conference, University of Calgary, May 2016.