CRYTC Research Coordinator/Managing Editor of Jeunesse
Department of English
University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9
Phone: (204) 786-9351
Fax: (204) 774-4134
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, futurism, digital media and humanities, and the intersection of music, labour, and politics.
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.
- Wodtke, Larissa (book section). "Architecture of Memory: The Holy Bible and the Archive." Triptych: Three Studies of Manic Street Preachers' The Holy Bible. Co-authors Rhian E. Jones and Daniel Lukes. Repeater, 2017.
- Wodtke, Larissa. "A Lovely Building for Difficult Knowledge: The Architecture of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights." Caring for Difficult Knowledge: Prospects for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Ed. Angela Failler, Peter Ives, and Heather Milne. Spec. issue of Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies 37.2-3 (2015): 207-226.
- Wodtke, Larissa. "Public Service Announcements with Guitars: Rock ‘n Roll as Crowdfunding Cause for Amanda Palmer and IAMX." Crowdfunding the Future: Media Industries, Ethics and Digital Society. Ed. Lucy Bennett, Bertha Chin, and Bethan Jones. Peter Lang, 2015.
- Wodtke, Larissa. "MP3 as Contentious Message: When Infinite Repetition Fuses with the Acoustic Sphere." Seriality and Texts for Young People: The Compulsion to Repeat. Ed. Mavis Reimer, Nyala Ali, Deanna England, and Melanie Dennis Unrau. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
- Wodtke, Larissa and Mavis Reimer. "Making Change: The Cost of 'Free'." Jeunesse 4.2 (2012): 1-14.
- Reimer, Mavis, Cat Tosenberger, and Larissa Wodtke. "'Je suis fatigué par le culte de la jeunesse': Or, Walking on Ice in High Heels." Jeunesse 3.1 (2011): 1-10.
- "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