Ryerson University

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a.willsey@mlc.ryerson.ca

Audrey Willsey obtained her BA in Communications Studies at York University (2017), focusing on communication theory, contemporary art practices and Canadian art history. She works for the Nikola Rukaj Gallery in Toronto, a commercial art gallery that specializes in modern and contemporary art including prints and original canvases, and she has been involved in art fairs across North America including Art Toronto, Art Miami, Art New York and Chicago. A contributing writer for Canadian Art magazine since 1986, she has also conducted curatorial research for Nancy Tousley, the recipient of the Governor General's Award for Visual and Media Arts in 2011. With a special vested interest in curatorial practices, Audrey is thrilled to be involved with the MLC’s archives and vast collections as part of Canada's 150th celebration.

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.