My research and teaching expertise sits at the intersection of Canadian literary culture and print, screen, and material texts for young people, with an emphasis on gender and genre, sexuality studies, print and visual culture, popular culture, adaptation and screen studies, scholarly editing, the archive, and digital humanities.
My seven books include an edition of L.M. Montgomery’s rediscovered final book, The Blythes Are Quoted (2009), a restored edition of her First World War novel Rilla of Ingleside (with Andrea McKenzie, 2010), the collections of essays Anne’s World: A New Century of Anne of Green Gables (with Irene Gammel, 2010) and Textual Transformations in Children’s Literature: Adaptations, Translations, Reconsiderations (2013), and the critical anthology The L.M. Montgomery Reader: Volume 1: A Life in Print (2013), Volume 2: A Critical Heritage (2014), and Volume 3: A Legacy in Review (2015), which won the 2016 PROSE Award for Literature by the Association of American Publishers. I have also contributed journal articles, scholarly book chapters, paratexts, shorter publications, and reviews on a wide range of North American print and screen texts. I am also series editor of the the Early Canadian Literature series published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press and director of L.M. Montgomery Online. Most recently, I prepared and introduced a fully restored Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of Anne of Green Gables (2017).
I am now editor of The L.M. Montgomery Library, a new series of books published by University of Toronto Press that collect Montgomery’s extensive periodical work. The first two volumes, A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917 (2018) and A World of Songs: Selected Poems, 1894–1921 (January 2019), will be followed by volumes of Montgomery’s collected stories and collected poems, organized chronologically.
I received my Ph.D. in English from McMaster University in 2006 and a graduate certificate in publishing from Ryerson University in 2015. I have held teaching, research, and visiting appointments at a number of universities across Canada (as well as one in the UK) and I am currently affiliated with the Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre (Ryerson), the Institute for Child and Youth Studies (Lethbridge), and the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures (Winnipeg).Tweets by @blefebvre