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Zoe Griffith is an MA student in the Toronto Metropolitan University Literatures of Modernity program (2022-2023). She completed her B.A. in English at the University of Toronto (2022) with minors in Film and Classical Studies. Zoe’s research interests centre around queer and trauma studies in the realm of film and children's literature especially cycles of storytelling informed by deconstructions of identity. As a graduate assistant at the MLC Research Centre, she provides support for Dr. Gammel’s experiential teaching. 

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Zoe  Griffith joins MLC

Zoe Griffith joins MLC

As a graduate assistant at the MLC Research Centre, Zoe provides support for Dr. Gammel’s experiential teaching.

Taylor   Ussher joins MLC

Taylor Ussher joins MLC

With Dr. Gammel as her supervisor, Taylor explores the impact of the pandemic in fashion.

Joanna Dermenjian joins MLC

Joanna Dermenjian joins MLC

Joanna is working on Canadian women’s cultural legacy focussing on the intersection of world wars and women’s volunteer labour.

Quilts from the Second World War tell the stories of the Canadian women who sewed them

Quilts from the Second World War tell the stories of ...

Canadian women made an estimated 400,000 quilts during WW2. They represent the forgotten story of Canadian women’s efforts during the war.

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.