Dr. Benjamin Lefebvre is an Assistant Professor of English 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 Reader, Volume 1: A Life in Print, Volume 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.
- The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 1: A Life in Print; Volume 2: A Critical Heritage; Volume 3: A Legacy in Review. Edited by Benjamin Lefebvre. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013, 2014, 2015.
- Textual Transformations in Children’s Literature: Adaptations, Translations, Reconsiderations. Edited by Benjamin Lefebvre. New York: Routledge, 2013. Children’s Literature and Culture.
- Rilla of Ingleside. By L.M. Montgomery. Edited and with an Introduction by Benjamin Lefebvre and Andrea McKenzie. Toronto: Viking Canada, 2010.
- Anne’s World: A New Century of Anne of Green Gables. Edited by Irene Gammel and Benjamin Lefebvre. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.
- The Blythes Are Quoted. By L.M. Montgomery. Edited and with an Afterword by Benjamin Lefebvre. Toronto: Viking Canada, 2009. Subsequently translated into Finnish, Polish, and Japanese.
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.