Modern Literature & Culture Research Centre & Gallery

The MLC had a great year in 2018 filled with new projects, team members, and exhibitions. From book manuscripts to international conferences, we invite you to join us as we reflect on our Top 10 achievements of 2018.

MSA conference Toronto 2019


The Modernist Studies Association international conference comes to Toronto in 2019

Irene Gammel and her team are proud to lead the Local Organizing Committee for 2019’s MSA conference, which expects over 1,000 scholars from around the globe to engage in this year’s theme, “Upheaval and Reconstruction.” You can find the CFP on the recently launched website.

Book cover of Suzanne Zelazo’s Florine Stettheimer: New Directions in Multimodal Modernism


Manuscripts Galore: Florine Stettheimer, Debora Vogel and Mary Riter Hamilton

We completed three scholarly manuscripts this year, including Anastasyia Lyubas’ book of translation on modernist poet Debora Vogel (Academic Studies Press) and Irene Gammel and Suzanne Zelazo’s (eds.) Florine Stettheimer: New Directions in Multimodal Modernism, available July 15, 2019. Pre-order your copy on the BookThug website.

Ooloosie Saila. Ornamental Owl, 2017. Stonecut. Printed by Qiatsuq Niviaqsi on Kizuki Kozo paper. Courtesy of Dorset Fine Arts.


Re-Locating the Canadian North: The Modernity of Inuit Art and the Group of Seven

In collaboration with Communication and Culture MA graduate Emily Pleasance and William Huffman at Dorset Fine Arts, the exhibition has seen many attendees at the MLC Gallery and has received national acclaim. Read the Nunatsiaq News review here.

Items from the Talismans of Memory, Love, and Beauty exhibition.


Talismans of Memory, Love, and Beauty: Esther Berry’s SSHRC Postdoctoral Exhibit

Esther Berry shared her SSHRC postdoctoral research by curating an exhibition which explored hair as material culture in the 19th and 20th centuries. The exhibition featured hair artifacts from the City of Toronto, Carole Tanenbaum and Annunziata Morant collections.

Collage of images from 'We are the dead'


“We are the Dead”: Irene Gammel Dissects the Making of “In Flanders Fields”

As part of the centennial of World War I, Irene Gammel’s article, “‘We are the Dead’: Rhetoric, Community and the Making of John McCrae’s Iconic War Poem,” was published in First World War Studies, advancing research on the relationship between poetry and community during the war. Read the article here.

Jean-Paul Boudreau


Jean-Paul Boudreau installed as Mount Allison University President

From Ryerson chair of Psychology, dean of Arts, and executive lead in social innovation to Mount Allison University’s 15th president and vice-chancellor, the MLC congratulates research associate Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau on his new position. Read the announcement here.

Collage of book covers and portrait of Ruth Panofsky


Research Associate Successes

Excellent new books come from our MLC research associates including Bruce Elder’s Cubism and Futurism (Wilfrid Laurier UP), Suzanne Zelazo’s Lances All Alike (Coach House), and Benjamin Lefebvre’s A Name for Herself: Selected Writings by L. M. Montgomery, 1891–1917 (U of Toronto Press), while Ruth Panofsky was elected as a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

Mary Riter Hamilton, Sanctuary Wood, Flanders, 1920. Oil on plywood. 59.1 cm x 45.7 cm. Library and Archives Canada.


New Collaborations with the Canadian Centre for the Great War/Centre Canadien pour la Grande Guerre in Montreal

The Canadian Centre for the Great War brought their travelling exhibition Parallels: Women Representing the Great War in Canada and Newfoundland to the MLC Gallery, making Toronto the first stop during its national showcase. Check out the Eyeopener review here.

PUBZ Workshop


Most Popular MLC Workshops

The MLC’s own Esther Berry and Emma Dunn led PUBZ: Writing and Publishing Zone, a highly successful peer-support group aimed to hone students’ and postdoctoral fellows’ academic publications and conference papers. Mark Silverberg also led our annually popular Surrealist Writing workshop.

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The MLC Garners over 8,500 Followers Across Social Media Platforms

Thank you to all our Twitter and social media followers, as well as our MLC electronic members. If you are not yet a member, you can sign up here and receive our quarterly newsletter. We hope you continue to enjoy our articles, photos and upcoming events that explore modernism, avant-garde, dada, surrealism and digital culture.


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Sana Munir joins MLC

Sana Munir joins MLC

Sana is engaged in archival research and annotating articles related to the Telling COVID-19 Stories project.

Brenda Aleman joins MLC

Brenda Aleman joins MLC

Brenda assists the MLC Research Centre director and team with arts and research administration, while also supporting the MLC archive.

Angela Larosa joins MLC

Angela Larosa joins MLC

Angela assists with social media content, researching avant-garde women and issues of creative resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jeanette  LaPolla  joins MLC

Jeanette LaPolla joins MLC

Jeanette provides research and support for the Lorna Stevens Collection digitizing and archiving WWI and WWII rare archival holdings.

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.