Managing Editor of Jeunesse/Research Coordinator
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 undergraduate and graduate work; I've explored topics that include androgyny in advertising for teens, technology and magic in Harry Potter, and the social semiotics of the Build-a-Bear Workshop. 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, digital media and humanities, memory studies, 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 (chapter accepted for publication). "MP3 as Contentious Message: When Infinite Repetition Fuses with the Acoustic Sphere." Seriality Texts for Young People: The Compulsion to Repeat. Ed. Mavis Reimer. Palgrave Macmillan. Forthcoming.
- 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.
- "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 Alberta, 2008