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Critical Anthologies

Edited Collections of Essays

Trade Editions

Edited Book Series

  • Series Editor, Early Canadian Literature Series. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014–. Six titles to date, by Ralph Connor, Nellie L. McClung, George Copway, Gilbert Parker, S. Frances Harrison, and Frederick Niven, each with a preface by the series editor.

Edited Journal Issue

  • Guest Editor, “Reassessments of L.M. Montgomery.” Canadian Children’s Literature / Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 113–14 (Spring–Summer 2004). 168 pp. Link

Journal Articles

  • “In Search of Someday: Trauma and Repetition in Joy Kogawa’s Fiction.” Journal of Canadian Studies / Revue d’études canadiennes 44, no. 3 (Fall 2010): 154–73.
  • “‘The Same as Bein’ Canadian’: John Marlyn’s Eye among the Blind.” Studies in Canadian Literature / Études en littérature canadienne 34, no. 1 (2009): 22–40.
  • “Agency, Belonging, Citizenship: The ABCs of Nation-Building in Contemporary Canadian Texts for Adolescents.” Canadian Literature 198 (Autumn 2008): 91–101. Special issue: “Canada and Its Discontents.”
  • “Adolescence through the Looking-Glass: Ideology and the Represented Child in Degrassi: The Next Generation.” Canadian Children’s Literature / Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 33, no. 1 (Spring 2007): 82–106. Link
  • « L’abandon du Grand Récit : réflexion sur la révision de l’identité québécoise dans le dernier tome du roman Les Filles de Caleb ». Voix plurielles 3, no. 1 (mai 2006). Numéro spécial : « Francophonie, diversité, écriture(s) : les enjeux, les défis, les possibles », sous la direction de Maroussia Ahmed et Madeleine Jeay. Link
  • “Pigsties and Sunsets: L.M. Montgomery, A Tangled Web, and a Modernism of Her Own.” English Studies in Canada 31, no. 4 (December 2005): 123–46. Link
  • “From Bad Boy to Dead Boy: Homophobia, Adolescent Problem Fiction, and Male Bodies That Matter.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 30, no. 3 (Fall 2005): 288–313. Also in Children’s Literature Review 119, edited by Tom Burns, 137–53. Detroit: Gale Group, 2007.
  • “Stand by Your Man: Adapting L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables.” Essays on Canadian Writing 76 (Spring 2002): 149–69. Special issue: “Literatures, Cinemas, Cultures,” edited by Peter Dickinson. Also in Children’s Literature Review 145, edited by Tom Burns, 143–54. Detroit: Gale Group, 2009.
  • “L.M. Montgomery: An Annotated Filmography.” Canadian Children’s Literature / Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 99 (Fall 2000): 43–73. Special issue: “L.M. Montgomery™ and Popular Culture II.” Link
  • “‘Waging the War’: The Religious Right’s Obsession with Homosexuality.” Journal of Religion and Culture 13 (1999): 109–23.
  • “Walter’s Closet.” Canadian Children’s Literature / Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 94 (Summer 1999): 7–20. Also in Children’s Literature Review 91, edited by Scot Peacock, 184–93. Detroit: Gale Group, 2004. Link

Scholarly Book Chapters

  • “Nationalism, Nostalgia, and Intergenerational Girlhood: Textual and Ideological Extensions to Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House.” In Children and Cultural Memory in Texts of Childhood, edited by Heather Snell and Lorna Hutchison, 47–65. New York: Routledge, 2014. Children’s Literature and Culture.
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  • “Our Home on Native Land: Adapting and Readapting Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie.” In Textual Transformations in Children’s Literature: Adaptations, Translations, Reconsiderations, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre, 175–96. New York: Routledge, 2013. Children’s Literature and Culture.
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  • “Archival Adventures with L.M. Montgomery; or, ‘As Long as the Leaves Hold Together.’” Jointly with Vanessa Brown. In Basements and Attics, Closets and Cyberspace: Explorations in Canadian Women’s Archives, edited by Linda M. Morra and Jessica Schagerl, 233–48. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2012. Life Writing.
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  • “What’s in a Name? Towards a Theory of the Anne Brand.” In Anne’s World: A New Century of Anne of Green Gables, edited by Irene Gammel and Benjamin Lefebvre, 192–211. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.
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  • “‘That Abominable War!’: The Blythes Are Quoted and Thoughts on L.M. Montgomery’s Late Style.” In Storm and Dissonance: L.M. Montgomery and Conflict, edited by Jean Mitchell, 109–30. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008.
  • “The Fitness of Things: Anne of Green Gables, Social Change, and L.M. Montgomery’s ‘Discerning Extraordinary Observer.’” In Diversity and Change in Early Canadian Women’s Writing, edited by Jennifer Chambers, 170–93. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008.
  • “‘A Small World After All’: L.M. Montgomery’s Imagined Avonlea as Virtual Landscape.” In The International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments, edited by Joel Weiss, Jason Nolan, Jeremy Hunsinger, and Peter Trifonas, 1121–40. Dordrecht, Neth.: Springer, 2006.
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  • Road to Avonlea: A Co-production of the Disney Corporation.” In Making Avonlea: L.M. Montgomery and Popular Culture, edited by Irene Gammel, 174–85. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002.
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Paratexts

  • “Series Editor’s Preface.” In The Flying Years, by Frederick Niven, vii–ix. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2015. Early Canadian Literature.
  • “Series Editor’s Preface.” In The Forest of Bourg-Marie, by S. Frances Harrison, vii–ix. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2015. Early Canadian Literature.
  • “A Note on the Text.” In The Seats of the Mighty, by Gilbert Parker, vii–viii. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2015. Early Canadian Literature.
  • Index to The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 3: A Legacy in Review, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre, 439–53. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015.
  • “Epilogue: Posthumous Titles, 1960–2013.” In The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 3: A Legacy in Review, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre, 353–90. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015.
  • Headnotes and annotations to twenty-four chapters. In The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 3: A Legacy in Review, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015.
  • “A Note on the Text.” In The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 3: A Legacy in Review, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre, 49–50. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015.
  • “Introduction: A Legacy in Review.” In The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 3: A Legacy in Review, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre, 3–48. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015.
  • “Series Editor’s Preface.” In The Traditional History and Characteristic Sketches of the Ojibway Nation, by George Copway, vii–x. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014. Early Canadian Literature.
  • “Series Editor’s Preface.” In Painted Fires, by Nellie L. McClung, vii–x. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014. Early Canadian Literature.
  • Index to The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 2: A Critical Heritage, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre, 437–51. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.
  • Headnotes to twenty chapters. In The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 2: A Critical Heritage, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.
  • “A Note on the Text.” In The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 2: A Critical Heritage, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre, 50. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.
  • “Introduction: A Critical Heritage.” In The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 2: A Critical Heritage, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre, 3–49. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.
  • “Series Editor’s Preface.” In The Foreigner: A Tale of Saskatchewan, by Ralph Connor, vii–x. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014. Early Canadian Literature.
  • Index to The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 1: A Life in Print, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre, 441–50. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013.
  • Headnotes and annotations to eighty chapters and an epilogue. In The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 1: A Life in Print, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013.
  • “A Note on the Text.” In The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 1: A Life in Print, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre, 29–30. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013.
  • “Introduction: A Life in Print.” In The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 1: A Life in Print, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre, 3–28. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013.
  • Index to Textual Transformations in Children’s Literature: Adaptations, Translations, Reconsiderations, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre, 219–23. New York: Routledge, 2013. Children’s Literature and Culture.
  • “Introduction: Reconsidering Textual Transformations in Children’s Literature.” In Textual Transformations in Children’s Literature: Adaptations, Translations, Reconsiderations, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre, 1–6. New York: Routledge, 2013. Children’s Literature and Culture.
  • “Further Reading.” Jointly with Andrea McKenzie. In Rilla of Ingleside, by L.M. Montgomery, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre and Andrea McKenzie, 388–89. Toronto: Viking Canada, 2010.
  • Glossary. Jointly with Andrea McKenzie. In Rilla of Ingleside, by L.M. Montgomery, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre and Andrea McKenzie, 354–87. Toronto: Viking Canada, 2010.
  • Introduction to “Canadian Women’s Poetry of the First World War.” Jointly with Andrea McKenzie. In Rilla of Ingleside, by L.M. Montgomery, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre and Andrea McKenzie, 351. Toronto: Viking Canada, 2010.
  • “The Origins of the Great War.” Jointly with Andrea McKenzie. In Rilla of Ingleside, by L.M. Montgomery, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre and Andrea McKenzie, xxv–xxv. Toronto: Viking Canada, 2010.
  • “A Note on the Text.” Jointly with Andrea McKenzie. In Rilla of Ingleside, by L.M. Montgomery, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre and Andrea McKenzie, xx. Toronto: Viking Canada, 2010.
  • Introduction, jointly with Andrea McKenzie, to Rilla of Ingleside, by L.M. Montgomery, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre and Andrea McKenzie, ix–xix. Toronto: Viking Canada, 2010.
  • Index to Anne’s World: A New Century of Anne of Green Gables, edited by Irene Gammel and Benjamin Lefebvre, 247–63. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.
  • “Introduction: Some Words on Home Words.” Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures 1, no. 1 (Summer 2009): 94–95. Link
  • “A Note on the Text.” In The Blythes Are Quoted, by L.M. Montgomery, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre, 521–22. Toronto: Viking Canada, 2009.
  • Afterword to The Blythes Are Quoted, by L.M. Montgomery, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre, 511–20. Toronto: Viking Canada, 2009.
  • Introduction to A Tangled Web, by Lucy Maud Montgomery, 9–18. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2009. Voyageur Classics: Books That Explore Canada.
  • « Présentation : Méthodes d’évaluation ». Canadian Children’s Literature / Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 113–14 (Spring–Summer 2004): 14–16. Numéro spécial : « Reassessments of L.M. Montgomery », sous la direction de Benjamin Lefebvre. Link
  • “Editorial: Assessments and Reassessments. Canadian Children’s Literature / Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 113–14 (Spring–Summer 2004): 6–13. Special issue: “Reassessments of L.M. Montgomery,” edited by Benjamin Lefebvre. Link
  • “Toward Further Dialogue: A Bibliography on Improvisation.” Jointly with Daniel Fischlin and Ajay Heble. In The Other Side of Nowhere: Jazz, Improvisation, and Communities in Dialogue, edited by Daniel Fischlin and Ajay Heble, 397–416. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2004.
  • « Présentation : Souvenirs d’enfance, procédures et produits ». Canadian Children’s Literature / Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 111–12 (Fall–Winter 2003): 8–9. Numéro spécial : « Remembrances of Childhood », sous la direction de Carole H. Carpenter. Link
  • “Editorial: The Lives of Girls and Boys.” Jointly with Marie C. Davis. Canadian Children’s Literature / Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 105–6 (Spring–Summer 2002): 7–8. Link

Encyclopedia Entries and Miscellaneous Pieces

  • “The Dark Side of L.M. Montgomery.” The Mark, 23 October 2009.
  • “The Plaid Shirts in My Closet.” English Studies in Canada 35, no. 2–3 (June–September 2009): 14–17.
  • “L.M. Montgomery and Her Publishers.” Historical Perspectives on Canadian Publishing, McMaster University/Queen’s University/University of Toronto Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library, 2009.
  • “Cooney, Caroline”; “Hardy Boys Series”; “Korman, Gordon”; “Mazer, Harry”; “Mazer, Norma Fox”; “Nancy Drew”; “Stratemeyer Syndicate.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature, edited by Jack Zipes, 1: 343; 2: 201; 2: 381; 3: 48; 3: 48–49; 3: 134; 4: 53–54. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
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  • “Conference Weather” (haiku). English Studies in Canada 30, no. 2 (June 2004): 190. Link
  • “Meet the ‘Other Marilla’: An Interview with Elizabeth Mawson. ” Kindred Spirits, Autumn 1999, 10–12.
  • “Avonlea without Anne.” In The Lucy Maud Montgomery Album, compiled by Kevin McCabe, edited by Alexandra Heilbron, 363–65. Toronto: Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 1999.
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Review Articles and Reviews

  • Review of The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1901–1911, edited by Mary Henley Rubio and Elizabeth Hillman Waterston (Oxford University Press, 2013). Women’s Writing, forthcoming.
  • Review of Picture Me, by Lori Weber (James Lorimer and Company, 2013). Quill and Quire, November 2013, 38.
  • Review of Takedown, by Allison van Diepen (Simon Pulse, 2013). Quill and Quire, September 2013, 36.
  • Review of Branded by the Pink Triangle, by Ken Setterington (Second Story Press, 2013). Quill and Quire, May 2013, 32.
  • Review of Power Play, by Eric Walters (HarperCollins Canada, 2013). Quill and Quire, March 2013, 36.
  • Review of Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America, by David H.T. Wong (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012). Quill and Quire, January–February 2013, 35–36.
  • “Lucy Maud of Macneill Farm.” Review of The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889–1900, edited by Mary Henley Rubio and Elizabeth Hillman Waterston (Oxford University Press, 2012). The Globe and Mail, 21 July 2012, R16.
  • Review of Money Boy, by Paul Yee (Groundwood Books, 2011). Quill and Quire, October 2011, 37.
  • Review of Ghost Messages, by Jacqueline Guest (Coteau Books, 2011). Quill and Quire, May 2011, 35.
  • Review of Kootenay Silver, by Ann Chandler (Dundurn Press, 2010). Quill and Quire, January–February 2011, 52, 54.
  • Review of Winter Shadows, by Margaret Buffie (Tundra Books, 2010). Quill and Quire, December 2010, 44.
  • “Nancy Drew and Friends: Girl Detectives.” Review of Nancy Drew and Her Sister Sleuths: Essays on the Fiction of Girl Detectives, edited by Michael G. Cornelius and Melanie E. Gregg (McFarland and Company, 2008). Children’s Literature 38 (2010): 267–69.
  • “There’s No Place Like Home.” Review of Home Words: Discourses of Children’s Literature in Canada, edited by Mavis Reimer (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2008). Canadian Literature 200 (Spring 2009): 184–85. Link
  • “Wilder and Lane Revisited.” Review of Little House, Long Shadow: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Impact on American Culture, by Anita Clair Fellman (University of Missouri Press, 2008); Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane: Authorship, Place, Time, and Culture, by John E. Miller (University of Missouri Press, 2008). Children’s Literature 37 (2009): 271–75.
  • “The Performance Anxiety of L.M. Montgomery.” Review of After Green Gables: L.M. Montgomery’s Letters to Ephraim Weber, 1916–1941, edited by Hildi Froese Tiessen and Paul Gerard Tiessen (University of Toronto Press, 2006). Canadian Literature 197 (Summer 2008): 190–92. Link
  • Review of The Heart Has Its Reasons: Young Adult Literature with Lesbian/Gay/Queer Content, by Michael Cart and Christine A. Jenkins (Scarecrow Press, 2006). International Research in Children’s Literature 1, no. 1 (July 2008): 106–7.
  • “Eternally Anne.” Review of Imagining Anne: The Island Scrapbooks of L.M. Montgomery, by Elizabeth Rollins Epperly (Penguin Canada, 2008); Before Green Gables, by Budge Wilson (Penguin Canada, 2008); Looking for Anne: How Lucy Maud Montgomery Dreamed Up a Literary Classic, by Irene Gammel (Key Porter Books, 2008). The Globe and Mail, 22 March 2008, D1, D9.
  • Review of American Sweethearts: Teenage Girls in Twentieth-Century Popular Culture, by Ilana Nash (Indiana University Press, 2006). Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 33, no. 1 (Spring 2008): 113–15.
  • Review of Almost Eden, by Anita Horrocks (Tundra Books, 2006). Journal of Mennonite Studies 25 (2007): 245–46. Link
  • “Writing and Rewriting Nancy Drew, Girl Detective.” Review of Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her, by Melanie Rehak (Harcourt, 2005). Children’s Literature 35 (2007): 228–36.
  • “L.M. Montgomery Studies.” Review of Windows and Words: A Look at Canadian Children’s Literature in English, edited by Aïda Hudson and Susan-Ann Cooper (University of Ottawa Press, 2003); Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery, edited by Cecily Devereux (Broadview Editions, 2004); The Intimate Life of L.M. Montgomery, edited by Irene Gammel (University of Toronto Press, 2005). Canadian Literature 189 (Summer 2006): 158–60.
  • “The ‘Hardy Brats’ and Their Foolhardy Creator.” Review of The Secret of the Hardy Boys: Leslie McFarlane and the Stratemeyer Syndicate, by Marilyn S. Greenwald (Ohio University Press, 2004). Children’s Literature 34 (2006): 239–45.
  • “Shared Characteristics of Boys and Men in Recent Canadian Children’s Fiction.” Review of twelve novels for young adults. Canadian Children’s Literature / Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 31, no. 1 (Spring 2005): 145–61. Link
  • Review of Remembering Lucy Maud Montgomery, by Alexandra Heilbron (The Dundurn Group, 2001). Jointly with Mary Henley Rubio. University of Toronto Quarterly 72, no. 1 (Winter 2002–2003): 506–7.
  • Review of Authors and Audiences: Popular Canadian Fiction in the Early Twentieth Century, by Clarence Karr (McGill–Queen’s University Press, 2000). University of Toronto Quarterly 72, no. 1 (Winter 2002–2003): 470–71.
  • “Ice and Water.” Review of Slapshots 1: The Stars from Mars, by Gordon Korman (Scholastic, 1999); Island 1: Shipwreck, by Gordon Korman (Scholastic, 2001). Canadian Children’s Literature / Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 108 (Winter 2002): 83–86. Link
  • “The Gender Zones.” Review of Boys’ Own: An Anthology of Canadian Fiction for Young Readers, edited by Tim Wynne-Jones (Viking, 2001); Girls’ Own: An Anthology of Canadian Fiction for Young Readers, edited by Sarah Ellis (Viking, 2001). Canadian Children’s Literature / Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 108 (Winter 2002): 73–78. Link
  • “Belated Acknowledgements.” Review of L.M. Montgomery and Canadian Culture, edited by Irene Gammel and Elizabeth Epperly (University of Toronto Press, 1999). Essays on Canadian Writing 77 (Fall 2002): 90–99.
  • “They Shoot, They Score!” Review of fourteen titles in the Sports Stories series (James Lorimer, 1998–2001). Canadian Children’s Literature / Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 104 (Winter 2001): 76–77. Link
  • “‘Just Like Manitoba’: Didacticism, Universalism, Eurocentrism.” Review of Naomi: The Strawberry Blonde of Pippu Town, by Karmel Schreyer (Great Plains Fiction, 1999). Canadian Children’s Literature/Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 100–101 (Winter 2000–Spring 2001): 147–48. Link
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