Ryerson University

Contact

esther.berry@mlc.ryerson.ca

Esther R. Berry holds a PhD (2012) from the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry at the University of Sydney in Australia. Her research interests include postcolonial and corporeal feminist epistemologies. She holds a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015-2017) for her project “Making Waves: The Biopolitics and Cultural History of Hair’s Global Trade,” which is supervised by Dr. Gammel. Dr. Berry’s study of nineteenth-century mourning jewellery, which recalls hair’s powerful capacity to prompt invisible life and labour histories, is the topic of an upcoming exhibition. Dr. Berry is a peer-reviewer for Sydney University Press, Australian Feminist Studies, and other presses. She is delighted to be a member of the dynamic MLC research team and to act as a senior advisor to PUBZ, the MLC’s writing and publishing forum.

Read more about Dr. Berry’s SSHRC postdoctoral research.

Publications

Berry, E. Making Waves: The Biopolitics and Cultural History of Hair's Global Trade. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press (advance contract with final acceptance conditional on peer review).

Berry, E. "The Ethics of Aestheticising Transnationalized Hair: Envisaging Difference in the Knitted Sculptures of Helen Pynor,” in Hair, edited by Meredith Jones and Suzanne Boccalatte, Sydney: Trunk Books, 2009. 98-103. 

Berry, E. "The Zombie Commodity: Hair and the Politics of its Globalization.” Postcolonial Studies 11.1 (2008): 63–84.

Berry, E. "Philip Pullman: Postcolonial Dark Materials, the Daemon and the Search for Indigenous Authenticity,” in The Buddha of Suburbia: RLA Conference Proceedings, Eighth Annual Australian and International Religion, Literature and the Arts Conference , edited by Christopher Hartney and Frances Di Lauro, pp. 270–80. Sydney: RLA Press, 2005.

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.