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 funeral, and reviews of her books, and an edition of her rediscovered final book, The Blythes Are Quoted (Penguin Canada, 2009), which was reissued as a Penguin Modern Classics Edition in 2018. I recently prepared and introduced a Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of Anne of Green Gables (2017). I am now editor of The L.M. Montgomery Library (University of Toronto Press), which collects Montgomery's extensive periodical work, beginning with A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917 (2018) and A World of Songs: Selected Poems, 1894–1921 (2019).
Since 2010, I have taught courses in English, Youth and Children’s Studies, and Social and Environmental Justice (formerly Contemporary Studies) on Laurier’s Brantford and Waterloo campuses. Throughout my career, I have also held visiting appointments at several universities across Canada and one in the United Kingdom, and I am affiliated with the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures, the Institute for Child and Youth Studies, and the Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre.
I am currently busy with new projects on adolescent fiction, long-form serial television, Canadian adult fictions of childhood, periodical texts, and cross-media adaptations, in addition to editing two book series: the Early Canadian Literature series (Wilfrid Laurier University Press), which returns to print rare texts deserving of reconsideration in the canon of Canadian literature, and The L.M. Montgomery Library (University of Toronto Press), which collects for the first time the extensive periodical work of the author of Anne of Green Gables.
The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 3: A Legacy in Review (University of Toronto Press, 2015)
The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 2: A Critical Heritage (University of Toronto Press, 2014)
The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 1: A Life in Print (University of Toronto Press, 2013)
Textual Transformations in Children’s Literature: Adaptations, Translations, Reconsiderations (Routledge, 2013; paperback edition, 2015)
Rilla of Ingleside, by L.M. Montgomery (co-edited with Andrea McKenzie; Viking Canada, 2010; paperback edition, 2011)
Anne’s World: A New Century of Anne of Green Gables (co-edited with Irene Gammel; University of Toronto Press, 2010)
The Blythes Are Quoted, by L.M. Montgomery (Viking Canada, 2009; paperback edition, 2010; Penguin Modern Classics Edition, 2018)
The L.M. Montgomery Library (University of Toronto Press, 2018–)
Early Canadian Literature Series (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014–)
“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. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 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. Paperback edition, 2015.
“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. Paperback edition, 2018. 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): 22–40.
“Agency, Belonging, Citizenship: The ABCs of Nation-Building in Contemporary Canadian Texts for Adolescents.” Canadian Literature 198 (Autumn 2008): 91–101. Special issue: “Canada and Its Discontents.”
“‘That Abominable War!’: The Blythes Are Quoted and Thoughts on L.M. Montgomery’s Late Style.” In Storm and Dissonance: L.M. Montgomery and Conflict, edited by Jean Mitchell, 109–30. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008.
“The Fitness of Things: Anne of Green Gables, Social Change, and L.M. Montgomery’s ‘Discerning Extraordinary Observer.’” In Diversity and Change in Early Canadian Women’s Writing, edited by Jennifer Chambers, 170–93. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008.
“Adolescence through the Looking-Glass: Ideology and the Represented Child in Degrassi: The Next Generation.” Canadian Children’s Literature / Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 33, no. 1 (Spring 2007): 82–106.
« L’abandon du Grand Récit : réflexion sur la révision de l’identité québécoise dans le dernier tome du roman Les Filles de Caleb ». Voix plurielles 3, no. 1 (mai 2006). Numéro spécial : « Francophonie, diversité, écriture(s) : les enjeux, les défis, les possibles », sous la direction de Maroussia Ahmed et Madeleine Jeay.
“‘A Small World After All’: L.M. Montgomery’s Imagined Avonlea as Virtual Landscape.” In The International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments, edited by Joel Weiss, Jason Nolan, Jeremy Hunsinger, and Peter Trifonas, 1121–40. Dordrecht, Neth.: Springer, 2006. Springer International Handbooks of Education 14.
“Pigsties and Sunsets: L.M. Montgomery, A Tangled Web, and a Modernism of Her Own.” English Studies in Canada 31, no. 4 (December 2005): 123–46.
“From Bad Boy to Dead Boy: Homophobia, Adolescent Problem Fiction, and Male Bodies That Matter.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 30, no. 3 (Fall 2005): 288–313.
“Stand by Your Man: Adapting L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables.” Essays on Canadian Writing 76 (Spring 2002): 149–69. Special issue: “Literatures, Cinemas, Cultures,” edited by Peter Dickinson.
“Road to Avonlea: A Co-production of the Disney Corporation.” In Making Avonlea: L.M. Montgomery and Popular Culture, edited by Irene Gammel, 174–85. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002.
“L.M. Montgomery: An Annotated Filmography.” Canadian Children’s Literature / Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 99 (Fall 2000): 43–73. Special issue: “L.M. Montgomery™ and Popular Culture II.”
“‘Waging the War’: The Religious Right’s Obsession with Homosexuality.” Journal of Religion and Culture 13 (1999): 109–23.
“Walter’s Closet.” Canadian Children’s Literature / Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 94 (Summer 1999): 7–20.
Introduction; “Suggestions for Further Reading”; “A Note on the Text.” In Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery, xvii–xxx, xxxi–xxxiii, xxxv–xxxvi. New York: Penguin Books, 2017. Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition.
“Anne Shirley’s Enduring Appeal.” Quill and Quire, April 2015, 23.
“The Dark Side of L.M. Montgomery.” The Mark, 23 October 2009.
“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/University of Toronto Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library, 2009.
“Cooney, Caroline”; “Hardy Boys Series”; “Korman, Gordon”; “Mazer, Harry”; “Mazer, Norma Fox”; “Nancy Drew”; “Stratemeyer Syndicate.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature, edited by Jack Zipes, 1: 343; 2: 201; 2: 381; 3: 48; 3: 48–49; 3: 134; 4: 53–54. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
Thirty review articles and reviews in Canadian Children’s Literature / Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse, Canadian Literature, Children’s Literature, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, Essays on Canadian Writing, The Globe and Mail, International Research in Children’s Literature, Journal of Mennonite Studies, Quill and Quire, University of Toronto Quarterly, and Women’s Writing, 2000–
See my website for a complete list of my publications.
CT 400: Cinderella Stories: Fairy Tales and Contemporary Culture
EN 201: Children’s Literature
EN 267: Contemporary Canadian Fiction
EN 285: Tween Literature and Culture
EN 286: Young Adult Literature
SOJE 485: The Politics of Cultural Production
YC/SOJE 326: Children, Toys, and Media
Adolescent Literary and Media Texts
Canadian Children’s Literature and Cultures
Children’s Classics in the 21st Century (postgraduate course)
Fairy Tales and Culture
Fairy Tales, Myth, and Poetry
Fiction for Children
Laughter and Tears: Comedy and Tragedy
Literature across Borders
Literature and Identity: Personal, Categorical, National
Studies in Children’s Literature
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