Ryerson University

Contact

gammel@mlc.ryerson.ca

I am accepting graduate students interested in any aspect of modern literature and culture. Feel free to e-mail me for more information about the program.

Positions

Irene Gammel has recently been awarded the Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the highest academic honour awarded to Canada's scholars and scientists. 

  • Canada Research Chair in Modern Literature and Culture and Professor of English: RyersonUniversity, 2005 – present
     
  • Director, Modern Literature and Culture Research Center: Ryerson University, 2006 – present
     
  • Professor, English: University of Prince Edward Island, 2000 - 2004 - Associate Professor, English: University of Prince Edward Island, 1997 - 2000 (tenured in 1998)
     
  • Assistant Professor, English: University of Prince Edward Island, 1993 - 1997 - Lecturer, English and Comparative Literature: McMaster University, 1992 - 199

 

Visiting Appointments

  • Visiting Scholar, Centre for Comparative Literature and Department of English, University of Toronto, Spring 2004. 
     
  • Visiting Professor, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena and Erfurt Universität, Germany, Spring 2001

    (Sponsored by the German Association for Canadian Studies, the Canadian Embassy in Germany, and the two host universities; also included a lecture tour)

Education

  • Ph.D. English: McMaster University, ON, May 1992
    Dissertation: "Sexualizing Power in Naturalism: Theodore Dreiser and Frederick P. Grove"
    Supervisor: Dr. Carl Ballstadt, Professor, English, McMaster University
    External Reader: Dr. E. D. Blodgett, Professor, Comparative Literature, University of Alberta
     
  • M.A. English
    McMaster University, ON, May 1988
    Thesis: "Alienation in William Faulkner and Theodore Dreiser"
     
  • Staatsexamen, French, English
    Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Germany, 1987
     
  • DAAD Visiting Student, Queen's University, Ontario
    Auditor Libre, Comparative Literature, Sorbonne, Paris
    Staatsexamen involved undergraduate and graduate studies, as well as one year of pedagogy, and three semesters of studying abroad.

Languages

  • German
  • ​French
  • Intermediate Latin

Awards

  • SSHRC-Research Grant Holder, 1994-1995, 1997-2000, 2000-2003, 2003-2006
  • Awards for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement, UPEI, 2002, 1995
  • Prince Edward Island Heritage Awards (1999, 2002)
  • Government of Canada (WUSC) Award, 1989-1991
  • Buchanan Book Prize for Humanities, McMaster University, 1988
The Great War in Literature and Visual Culture

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The Great War in Literature and Visual Culture

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Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

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Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

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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

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