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Maria DiCenzo received her PhD from McMaster University in 1993. After teaching at Huron College and the University of Toronto (Erindale), she came to Wilfrid Laurier University in 1995 while holding a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.
Her early research focused on socialist and feminist theatre in the U.K., the politics of cultural funding in Canada, and Italian-Canadian theatre and culture.
She teaches courses in early 20th-century British literature, drama and theatre, and first-wave feminist print media.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
I am currently working on a SSHRC-funded project entitled “Feminist Media in the Interwar Years: Continuity and Change in Women’s Movements.” This focus on British feminist periodicals in the interwar period grows out of my work on media history and the suffrage press from 1890-1918.
I am involved in several collaborative projects related to women’s media in the interwar period and to women’s activism in the aftermath of the First World War.
Women’s Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1918-1939: The Interwar Period. Co-edited with Catherine Clay, Barbara Green, Fiona Hackney. Edinburgh University Press, 2018.
Feminist Media History: Suffrage, Periodicals and the Public Sphere. (With Lucy Delap and Leila Ryan). Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
Feminism and the Periodical Press, 1900-1918 (3 Volumes). Co-edited with Lucy Delap and Leila Ryan. Routledge, History of Feminism Series, 2006.
The Politics of Alternative Theatre in Britain 1968-1990: The Case of 7:84 (Scotland). Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Recent Journal Articles and Chapters:
Maria DiCenzo, Judit Acsády, David Hudson, and Balázs Sipos. “Mediating the National and the International: Women, Journalism and Hungary in the Aftermath of the First World War.” Women Activists Between War and Peace: Europe, 1918-1923. Ed. Ingrid Sharp and Matthew Stibbe. Bloomsbury Press, 2017:173-220.
(With Alexis Motuz). “Politicizing the Home: Welfare Feminism and the Feminist Press in Interwar Britain.” Women: A Cultural Review. 2016. 27.4: 378-96
"Remediating the Past: Doing 'Periodical Studies' in the Digital Era." English Studies in Canada 41:1 (2015): 19-39.