Modern Literature & Culture Research Centre & Gallery

Dear Friends,

This past year was truly energizing for our MLC students, faculty, and staff, bringing new ideas and new findings to our community. I continue to be proud to lead the MLC Research Centre, now in its 14th year! With a new decade before us, I am pleased to present the Top 10 accomplishments of the MLC Research Centre of 2019. I hope you enjoy.

Please feel free to forward this newsletter to likeminded colleagues, students, and postdoctoral fellows and encourage them to sign up on our website. Have a wonderful 2020!


MSA Toronto 2019


MSA Toronto 2019 was a huge success!

With 577 registered delegates, our Modernist Studies Association conference was a success both intellectually and organizationally. Thematic focal points included “Indigeneity” and “Making Modernism in/out of Canada.” We are grateful for Ryerson’s support. Click here for more statistics and conference video.

MLC Team Success


Our Team’s Successes

I am extremely grateful to the MLC’s outstanding executive team: MLC academic lead Dr. Cintia Cristia, assistant professor in the RTA School of Media; MLC research coordinator, Cameron MacDonald; and doctoral students Jaclyn Marcus and Jason Wang. I welcome Ingrid Mida as a postdoctoral research fellow and all new members of the team. Thank you especially to our volunteers!

19 national and international conferences


Disseminating our Findings Internationally

Collectively, during the 2018-2019 academic year, the MLC team published or had accepted for publication 17 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, 8 non-peer-reviewed publications, and presented findings at 19 national and international conferences. 95 images were archived in the MLC databank. We had 34 trainees at the MLC. Source: Cameron MacDonald’s MLC Annual Report.



Two Doctoral Dissertations Defended

I am proud that two of my doctoral students defended their dissertations and graduated in 2019: Dr. Emma Dunn, Ryerson Communication and Culture, on the topic of “Starving for Justice: Teen Action Heroines and the Logic of Anorexia”; and Dr. Ingrid Mida, York Art History and Visual Culture, on the topic of “Refashioning Duchamp: Intersections of Art and Fashion.” Congratulations on this milestone!

Florine Stettheimer: New
                Directions in Multimodal Modernism


NEW Book: Florine Stettheimer: New Directions in Multimodal Modernism

Marking book number 1 in Book*hug’s new Salon series, Florine Stettheimer: New Directions in Multimodal Modernism is the new volume of essays I edited in collaboration with Suzanne Zelazo. Providing a case study for theorizing multimodal art, this beautifully designed book includes the work of leading scholars as well as emerging student scholars from Ryerson and York University.

Exhibitions at the MLC


Exhibitions @ MLC Gallery

Our exhibitions considered the limits of visibility and materiality in Absent Presence featuring artwork by Sarah Casey with support from the British Arts Council, and the gendered dynamic of Domestic Music-Making, with sheet music from the MLC’s archive and Marla Hlady’s drawings and sound sculptures.

SSHRC, CFI, CRC, Ryerson University, and the Faculty of Arts logos


Thank you to our Donors, Partners, and Sponsors!

I am grateful to SSHRC, CFI, CRC, Ryerson University, and the Faculty of Arts. Thank you to our local, national and international partners and donors.

Mary Riter Hamilton, Woman Sitting and Thinking, J. A. V. David Museum, Manitoba.


Call for Papers

There is still time to submit your abstract to Modernisms, Inside & Out, the 4th conference of the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative (Toronto, 20-22 August 2020), which the MLC is organizing in collaboration with Concordia University, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.



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Recent News

Sana Munir joins MLC

Sana Munir joins MLC

Sana is engaged in archival research and annotating articles related to the Telling COVID-19 Stories project.

Brenda Aleman joins MLC

Brenda Aleman joins MLC

Brenda assists the MLC Research Centre director and team with arts and research administration, while also supporting the MLC archive.

Angela Larosa joins MLC

Angela Larosa joins MLC

Angela assists with social media content, researching avant-garde women and issues of creative resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jeanette  LaPolla  joins MLC

Jeanette LaPolla joins MLC

Jeanette provides research and support for the Lorna Stevens Collection digitizing and archiving WWI and WWII rare archival holdings.

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.