Modern Literature & Culture Research Centre & Gallery

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Pandemic Webinar Series

The MLC explored new pandemic realities through the Pandemic Webinar Series, engaging 29 international experts in fields ranging from interior design to geriatric care to human rights, and hosting hundreds of national and international participants.

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The Baroness Elsa Project

In partnership with the Carleton University Art Gallery, Irene Gammel co-curated The Baroness Elsa Project, featuring eight contemporary racialized, Queer, Trans, gender non-conforming and women artists alongside the work of Dadaist artist Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven.

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Advancing Arts and Humanities Scholarship

Between the 2020-2021 academic year, the MLC team published or had accepted for publication 5 monographs, 42 articles or book chapters, and 30 conference papers. Despite the hardships of COVID-19, it’s been a productive year!

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Modernisms, Inside and Out

Working with the Art Gallery of Ontario, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative at Concordia University, the MLC co-hosted the Modernisms, Inside and Out Conference, with a keynote on battlefield artist Mary Riter Hamilton, and support by Jason Wang and Olivia Trono.

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New People at the MLC

We welcomed our new MLC Coordinator Renée LeBlanc Proctor, an MA graduate of the joint program in Communication and Culture; and new members Sara Shields-Rivard, Olivia Trono, Joanna Cleary, Lauren Seto, Rose Maagdenberg, Diamond Carvalho Rocha, and Yifan Kong.

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Books Accepted for Publication: Creative Resilience and Undressing Duchamp

Stay tuned for more on the books that we have had accepted for publication in 2021. They include Creative Resilience and COVID-19, a volume of essays edited by Irene Gammel and Jason Wang (coming out in March 2022), and Dressing and Undressing Duchamp, a monograph by Ingrid Mida (coming out in September 2022).

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Operation Canada

Our Canadian war diaries project continued with a slew of new research essays added to our Operation Canada website; in collaboration with the Great War Centre in Montreal, we are digitizing the 1916 Clarence Booth Shell Shock Diary to go live in January 2022.

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Curating Social Change

With a focus on Zoom-mediated experiential learning during the pandemic, our graduate students in CC8836: Exhibition, Curation and Literary Cultures hosted a virtual symposium with keynote speakers Natalie Loveless and Christopher Gilbert.

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Thank you to our Donors, Sponsors, and Partners

We are grateful for the support of SSHRC, CFI, Ryerson University, and the Faculty of Arts. Thank you to our partners including Guelph Museums and the War Heritage Research Initiative at Royal Roads University. We are grateful to our donors; to donate, click here.

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Building our Community

Thank you to all of our 9,800+ Twitter and Facebook followers, as well as to the hundreds of virtual participants who have attended our pandemic webinars and book launches. To keep up to date with MLC news, sign up for our newsletter here. We look forward to seeing you in 2022!

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To become involved, contact me at gammel@ryerson.ca.

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Recent News

Molly McBride  joins MLC

Molly McBride joins MLC

Molly is assisting with research outreach for the MLC Archive.

Kevin Ghouchandra joins MLC

Kevin Ghouchandra joins MLC

At the MLCRC, Kevin seeks to bridge theory and practice and put traditions in conversation with modernity.

New course ENG 417: Special Topics in American Literature: Sex, Power and #MeToo

New course ENG 417: Special Topics in American ...

A new course studying American literatures related to the #MeToo Movement.

Launching New Book Creative Resilience and COVID-19

Launching New Book Creative Resilience and COVID-19

On April 14, join the MLCRC to celebrate the release of Creative Resilience and COVID-19: Figuring the Everyday in a Pandemic.

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.