Ryerson University

Shalika Sivathasan holds an MA in Contemporary Literature, Culture, and Theory (2014) from King's College London in the UK. She completed her BA with High Distinction in 2013 at the University of Toronto St. George, majoring in History and with minors in English and Political Science. Her research interests include the intersections of concepts of home, culture, and identity throughout colonial, postcolonial, and diasporic texts. Shalika's Master's dissertation focused on representations of trauma, and their implications for Human Rights discourse, through the works of Joy Kogawa and Michael Ondaatje. Shalika joined the MLC with the desire to further develop her research skills and to explore current scholarship within the fields of Canadian literary and cultural production.

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Florine Stettheimer's Multimodal Modernism – Inaugural Symposium 2017 and Soirée at the Art Gallery of Ontario

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An exploration of the work of Jazz-era New York saloniere, painter, and poet Florine Stettheimer, as well as the work of her sisters

Lucy Wowk joins MLC

Lucy Wowk joins MLC

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Avantgarde Artist Mina Loy

Avantgarde Artist Mina Loy

Mina Loy is a bold avant-garde poet and visual artist. Her work is being recognized with a 2017 National Endowment for the Humanities grant.

Jenna McClelland joins MLC

Jenna McClelland joins MLC

An MA student in Ryerson’s Literatures of Modernity Programme (2016-2017), Jenna McClelland specializes in the study of punk ...

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.