Ryerson University

Mission

The research conducted in the MLC Research Centre focuses on the early twentieth-century modern literature and culture within a broad range of topics such as avant-garde literature and art, salon culture, visual culture, Modernism, including Canadian Modernism, modernist biography and life writing. We also investigate popular literary expressions, in particular the Canadian icon L. M. Montgomery, the role of nostalgic expressions during the modern ere, as well as contributing to preservation of Canadian women’s cultural heritage. Our mandate is also to make our research available to both the scholarly and the general public through exhibitions, publications, and outreach events.

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, and to advance our studies and outreach through digital culture innovations. 

The MLCRC (Modern Literature & Culture Research Centre) is honoured to be featured in a video by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

 

 

History

Established in 2005, the Canada Research Chair Program in Modern Literature and Culture is housed in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University with links to the Graduate Programs in Literatures of Modernity and Communication and Culture, as well as to English, Image Arts, Fashion, and Digital Culture.The MLC Research Centre is dedicated to the research and preservation of early twentieth-century literary documents, images, and artifacts. The 1400 square-foot MLC Research Centre houses a library and archive, a display and exhibit space, a digital imaging workstation, a microfilm unit, and workstations for research associates, postdoctoral fellows, and students.

The Director and Canada Research Chair in Modern Literature and Culture Dr. Gammel conceived of the MLC Centre as a new way of conducting literary and cultural research by cultivating a vibrant team spirit. The versatility of the space echoes the Ryerson mandate, which encourages the forging of interdisciplinary connections. We foster linkages with national and international research partners, as well as with Ryerson faculty across several disciplines. Students in the MLC Research Centre conduct research on their theses under the supervision of Dr. Gammel, and many also work as research assistants and as interns. By involving students from Communication and Culture, English, Fashion Design, Image Arts, and Photo Restoration, we contribute to the generation of highly trained personnel in Canada.

The Centre was launched in 2006 with generous support of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ministry of Research and Innovation, and Ryerson University. Our Centre was designed by Bob Goyeche of the Toronto architecture firm Rounthwaite, Dick, and Hadley and built by Genivar. We continue to be supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

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.