Ryerson University

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Elizabeth Podnieks is an associate professor in the Department of English and the Joint Ryerson/York Graduate Program in Communication and Culture. Her research interests include Modernism, mothering, life writing, women's studies, popular culture, celebrity Culture, scholarly editing, and digital humanities. She has published on a range of figures from modernists Emily Coleman, Virginia Woolf, Anaïs Nin, and Zelda Fitzgerald to Perez Hilton, Angelina Jolie, and celebrity mom bloggers.

Selected Publications

Rough Draft: The Modernist Diaries of Emily Holmes Coleman, 1929-1937. Ed. Elizabeth Podnieks. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2012.

Mediating Moms: Mothers in Popular Culture. Ed. Elizabeth Podnieks. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s UP, 2012. Awarded the Outstanding Scholarship Prize (2012-2013) by the Women's and Gender Studies Association, part of Canada's Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Textual Mothers/ Maternal Texts: Motherhood in Contemporary Women’s Literatures. Ed. Elizabeth Podnieks and Andrea O’Reilly. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2010.

Hayford Hall: Hangovers, Erotics, and Modernist Aesthetics. Ed. Elizabeth Podnieks and Sandra Chait. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2005.

Daily Modernism: The Literary Diaries of Virginia Woolf, Antonia White, Elizabeth Smart, and Anaïs Nin. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s UP, 2000.

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.