Ryerson University

Visit the Anne of Green Gables Centenary Website

Anne of Green Gables: A Literary Icon at 100 was presented on the occasion of the centenary anniversary of the publication of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s iconic novel Anne of Green Gables. Curated by Dr. Irene Gammel, the exhibit tour is organized by Ryerson University’s Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. 

The exhibition assembles in panels images selected from a treasure of new visual sources such as portraits, photographs, daguerreotypes, manuscripts, magazine advertisements, cover art, and posters. A short documentary produced in the Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre accompanies the visual panels. 

The narrative told in the exhibition is based on new research that presents the many faces of Anne as Maud pieced them together in 1905. For the first time, viewers are able to see how the iconic character was influenced by Maud’s reading of glossy magazines, and how she was composed by the blending of glamour girls and orphan girls whom Maud discovered by reading the magazines in her grandmother Macneill’s homestead in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island. The exhibit reveals the complex evolution of the world’s most famous redhead. 

As Anne herself says in the novel: “… There’s such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I’m such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn’t be half so interesting.”

Visit the Anne of Green Gables Centenary Website

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.