Ryerson University

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benjamin.lefebvre@ryerson.ca

Dr. Benjamin Lefebvre teaches in the graduate certificate program in publishing at Ryerson University. He is the author of twenty articles and chapters on twentieth-century and contemporary Canadian literature, print and screen texts for young people, gender and sexuality, adaptation, and the archive, as well as editor of seven books, most recently the critical anthology The L.M. Montgomery ReaderVolume 1: A Life in PrintVolume 2: A Critical Heritage, and Volume 3: A Legacy in Review (University of Toronto Press, 2013–15), which won the 2016 PROSE Award for Literature by the Association of American Publishers.

At the MLC, he and Irene Gammel organized a 2008 ACCUTE panel on “Anne of Green Gables: New Directions at 100,” edited the collection of essays Anne’s World: A New Century of Anne of Green Gables (University of Toronto Press, 2010), and contributed a chapter to Editing as Cultural Practice in Canada (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016).

Current projects include a critical edition of L.M. Montgomery's journalism, celebrity memoir, and early publications, as well as a monograph entitled Young Canada: The Represented Child in Canadian Fiction in English, focusing on child characters in Canadian fiction for adults. He is also series editor of the Early Canadian Literature series (Wilfrid Laurier University Press) and director of L.M. Montgomery Online.


Book Publications

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Editing in Canada: The Case of L.M. Montgomery.” Jointly with Irene Gammel. In Editing as Cultural Practice in Canada, edited by Dean Irvine and Smaro Kamboureli, 75–91. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016. TransCanada.
  • “Nationalism, Nostalgia, and Intergenerational Girlhood: Textual and Ideological Extensions to Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House.” In Children and Cultural Memory in Texts of Childhood, edited by Heather Snell and Lorna Hutchison, 47–65. New York: Routledge, 2014. Children’s Literature and Culture.
  • “Archival Adventures with L.M. Montgomery; or, ‘As Long as the Leaves Hold Together.’” Jointly with Vanessa Brown. In Basements and Attics, Closets and Cyberspace: Explorations in Canadian Women’s Archives, edited by Linda M. Morra and Jessica Schagerl, 233–48. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2012. Life Writing. Also in The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 2: A Critical Heritage, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre, 371–86. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.
  • “In Search of Someday: Trauma and Repetition in Joy Kogawa’s Fiction.” Journal of Canadian Studies / Revue d’études canadiennes 44, no. 3 (Fall 2010): 154–73.
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.