Ryerson University

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kwahl@gwemail.ryerson.ca

Dr. Kimberly Wahl holds a PhD in Art History from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where her dissertation focused on late nineteenth-century aesthetic dress in the context of British visual culture and Aestheticism. Her current area of research focuses on the intersections between academic feminism and the histories and theories of fashion, from the late nineteenth century to the present. She has published articles on topics including dress reform and Aestheticism as well as on fashion photography and the print culture of the nineteenth century.

Publications

Wahl, Kimberly. Dressed as in a Painting: Women and British Aestheticism in an Age of Reform. Lebanon, NH: University of New England Press, 2013.

Wahl, Kimberly. "A Domesticated Exoticism: Fashioning Gender in Nineteenth-Century British Tea Gowns," in Cultures of Femininity in Modern Fashion, edited by Ilya Parkins and Elizabeth M. Sheehan, 45-70. University Press of New England, 2011.

Wahl, Kimberly, and Alison Matthews David. "'Matthew Cuthbert Insists on Puffed Sleeves': Ambivalence Towards Fashion in Anne of Green Gables," in Anne of Green Gables: New Directions at 100, edited by Irene Gammel and Benjamin Lefebvre, 35-49. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.

Wahl, Kimberly. "Commercial Art Form or Artful Commerce? Photography and the Subversive Potential of the ‘Fashionable’ Body in Visual Culture.” Descant--Special Issue on Fashion, 138 (Fall 2007): 171-185.

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.