Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures


Larissa Wodtke

CRYTC Research Coordinator/Managing Editor of Jeunesse

Contact: l.wodtke@uwinnipeg.ca

Larissa Wodtke
Department of English
University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9

Phone: (204) 786-9351

Fax: (204) 774-4134

Larissa Wodtke


I completed my BA (Honors) in English here at the University of Winnipeg, and I also have a Creative Communications Diploma from Red River College and a MA in Rhetoric and Communication Design at the University of Waterloo. My MA thesis, entitled Does NME Even Know What a Music Blog Is?: The Rhetoric and Social Meaning of MP3 Blogs, argues that MP3 files greatly affect MP3 blogs in terms of shaping them as a genre separate from general weblogs and music blogs without MP3s, especially due to the impact of MP3 blog aggregators; a particular form of rhetoric illuminated by Kenneth Burke's dramatistic ratios; and a potentially subversive subculture, which like other subcultures, exists in a symbiotic relationship with the traditional media it defines itself against. While I haven't specialized in young people's texts, I have found ways to incorporate research on such texts in some of my work, including my chapter about MP3s in Seriality and Texts for Young People: The Compulsion to Repeat (Palgrave, 2014). I have also assisted with marketing for the Children's Museum.

Since 2009, I've been Research Coordinator at the Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures, where I assist the director with managing various research projects, planning and hosting symposia and lectures, and overseeing communication activities, including the design and maintenance of websites. I am also the Managing Editor of CRYTC's academic journal Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures.

My research interests include cultural studies, memory studies, futurity, digital media and humanities, and the intersection of music, labour, and politics.

Degrees Received:

M.A., University of Waterloo (2008)
B.A. (Hons), University of Winnipeg (2006)
Creative Communications Diploma (Major: Advertising), Red River College (2003)

Current Research in Progress

  • Wodtke, Larissa. "Breaking Binary Codes: On Being a Female Fan Who Prefers Music Produced by Males." Under My Thumb: The Songs That Hate Women and The Women That Love Them. Ed. Rhian E Jones and Eli Davies. Repeater, forthcoming.


Conference Presentations

  • "Managing Vendors." Panel with Antonia Pop and Cameron Macdonald. Canadian Association of Learned Journals Conference, University of Calgary, 2016.
  • "Climbing the Slippery Slope of the Tower of Hope: Narratives of Progress in the Design and Discussion of the CMHR." With Chris Campbell. Caring for Difficult Knowledge: Prospects for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Workshop, University of Winnipeg, 2013
  • "Public Service Announcements with Guitars: What Happens When Rock ‘n Roll Becomes the Cause?" Music & Labour, International Association for the Study of Popular Music Canada Conference, McMaster University, 2013
  • "MP3 as Contentious Message: When Infinite Repetition Fuses with the Acoustic Sphere." Narrative, Repetition, and Texts for Young People, University of Winnipeg, 2011
  • "MP3 as Message: What Does it Say Music is Worth in the 21st Century?" Marshall McLuhan in a Post Modern World: Is the Medium the Message?, University of Winnipeg, 2010
  • "Does NME Even Know What a Music Blog Is?: The Rhetoric of MP3 Blogs and Social Meaning." PopPrint: Continuities and Innovations: Popular Print Cultures—Past and Present, Local and Global, University of Alberta, 2008