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Welcome to the Modern Literature & Culture Research Centre


Established in 2005, our mandate is to research the literary and cultural production in the modernist era (from 1880 to 1940), to preserve and advance modernist women’s heritage and to promote modern Canadian heritage within an international context, with a current focus on World War 1. We advance our studies and outreach through digital culture innovations.​

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The Great War in Literature and Visual Culture

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The Great War in Literature and Visual Culture

Amid the unprecedented social change of World War I, women renegotiated their identities by dramatically changing the way they engaged with the arts. But how did they do so? And how did everyday citizens engage with the war?

Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

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Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, considered by many to be the mother of Dada, was a daringly innovative poet and an early creator of junk sculpture. “The Baroness” was best known for her sexually charged, often controversial performances.

Modernism in the World

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Modernism in the World

Recent research has departed from the Euro-centric and national view of Modernism to include approaches and methods studying Modernism across national boundaries and across different art forms to include fashion, dance, performance, technology, and visual culture.

Lucy Maud Montgomery

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Lucy Maud Montgomery

L.M. Montgomery is perhaps Canada's most important literary export. She was prolific writer of over 500 short stories and poems, and twenty novels, including the beloved Anne of Green Gables.

Canadian Modernism

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Canadian Modernism

The works of numerous Canadian authors who lived during the modernist era may well constitute the most central and experimental articulation of Canadian modernism in prose, allowing authors to stage cross-cultural, controversial, and even conflicted identities.

Modernist Biography and Life Writing

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Modernist Biography and Life Writing

Life writing, including autobiographical accounts, diaries, letters and testimonials written or told by women and men whose political, literary or philosophical purposes are central to their lives, has become a standard tool for communication and the dissemination of information.

Featured Exhibition

Rare Art Deco Bookends

This collection of decorative bookends, donated by Dr. Karen Mulhallen, offers a compelling glimpse into the material culture of the period.

The Research Chair

Dr. Irene Gammel

Irene Gammel is the author and editor of thirteen books including Baroness Elsa - A Cultural Biography, and is currently embarked on a study of World War I literatures and cultures. Read all about Dr Gammel's work with the MLC.

Recent News

Henry Gomes joins MLC

Henry Gomes joins MLC

Henry Gomes is a 2014 graduate of Ryerson University’s Arts and Contemporary Studies undergraduate program.

Fin Lemaitre joins MLC

Fin Lemaitre joins MLC

Fin Lemaitre is a joint honours student in English and History at McGill University.

Teresa Maljar Joins MLC

Teresa Maljar Joins MLC

Teresa Maljar is a recent graduate from the BA English program at Ryerson University (2015).