Ryerson University

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emma.dunn@mlc.ryerson.ca

Emma Dunn is a Ph.D. student in the Communication and Culture program at Ryerson University, having previously completed an M.A. in English (2015), a B.Ed. (2014), and a B.A. (Honours) in English Language and Literature (2014) at Brock University. Emma's research interests span the fields of feminist theory, body studies, and youth cultures. Her M.A. project was funded by a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master's Scholarship, and explored connections between anorexia and post-feminism in Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series. Supported by a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship and supervised by Dr. Irene Gammel, Emma’s doctoral work examines how the logic of anorexia functions through the figure of the post-feminist action heroine in popular speculative fiction franchises for young adults. Emma has her office at the MLC, where she is also involved as a research assistant and peer-mentor, engaged in a culture of research and publishing.

Doctoral Research Statement

Dunn, Emma. “Starving For Justice: Teen Action.” Communication and Culture PhD Programme. Yeates School of Graduate Studies. Ryerson University, 2015. Read the Statement

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Dunn, Emma. “Rape and Reconciliation: A Comparison of Karen Jayes’ For the Mercy of Water and Emma Ruby-Sachs’ The Water Man’s Daughter.” Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies. 17.1 (2016): 88-101.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers

Dunn, Emma. “‘What if I’m just parts?’: Anorexic Bodies and Undead Subjectivity in Mattel’s Monster High: Freaky Fusion.” Talking Bodies 2017. Institute of Gender Studies, University of Chester, UK. 19 April 2017.

Dunn, Emma. “(Un)natural Citizens: The Metaphor of ‘Anorexic as Alien’ in Canadian Television.” International Girls Studies Association. University of East Anglia, UK. 8 April 2016.

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.