100 Years of Anne with an “e”: The Centennial Study of Anne of Green Gables

Editor: Holly Blackford
Paratext: Introduction by Holly Blackford
Country: Canada
Publisher: University of Calgary Press (Calgary)
Date: 2009
Pagination: xl + 264 pp.
Format: Trade paperback
Trim: 6” x 9”
ISBN: 978-1-55238-252-3

100 Years of Anne with an “e”: The Centennial Study of Anne of Green Gables is a collection of essays edited and introduced by Holly Blackford. It features original scholarship by Joy Alexander, Hilary Emmett, Irene Gammel, Monika Hilder, Melissa Mullins, Eleanor Hersey Nickel, Sharyn Pearce, E. Holly Pike, Cornelia Rémi, Laura M. Robinson, Christiana R. Salah, and Theodore Sheckels. The book was published by University of Calgary Press as a trade paperback in April 2009.

From the Back Cover

In 2008, Anne fans everywhere celebrated the 100th birthday of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. Though Anne has always been recognized as a Canadian classic, her story is loved the world over.

In 100 Years of Anne with an “e”: The Centennial Study of Anne of Green Gables, Holly Blackford has brought together an international community of scholars who situate L.M. Montgomery’s novel in its original historical and literary context, discuss its timeless themes, and explore its aesthetic and cultural legacy across time and place.

Blackford’s collection certainly proves Anne’s international appeal, gathering contributors from Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, and the United States. Their essays explore diverse themes such as L.M. Montgomery’s career and writing practices, her influence on Canadian fiction, shifting views and definitions of childhood, domesticity, identity and place, and Anne on film.

This new look at the beloved red-headed orphan will appeal to any reader who just can’t get enough of Anne.

Contents

Acknowledgments (ix)

Introduction: Anne with an “e”: The Enduring Value of Anne of Green Gables / Holly Blackford (xi–xxxviii)

I. Writing and Placing Anne

Wildwood Roses and Sunshine Girls: The Making of Anne of Green Gables as a Popular Romance / Irene Gammel (1–21)

L.M. Montgomery and Literary Professionalism / E. Holly Pike (23–40)

Anne with two “G”s: Green Gables and Geographical Identity / Joy Alexander (41–60)

II. Romancing Anne: Language and Silence

Negotiating the Well-Worn Coin: The Shifting Use of Language in L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables / Melissa Mullins (63–80)

“Mute Misery”: Speaking the Unspeakable in L.M. Montgomery’s Anne Books / Hilary Emmett (81–104)

“The World Hasn’t Changed Very Much”: Romantic Love in Film and Television Versions of Anne of Green Gables / Eleanor Hersey Nickel (105–21)

III. Quoting Anne: Intertextuality at Home and Abroad

Anne and Her Ancestors: Self-Reflexivity from Yonge to Alcott to Montgomery / Laura M. Robinson (125–42)

Anne of Green Gables as Intertext in Post-1960 Canadian Women’s Fiction / Theodore Sheckels (143–63)

Interactions with Poetry: Metapoetic Games with Anne in Astrid Lindgren’s Madicken / Cornelia Rémi (165–90)

IV. Maturing Anne: Gender and Empire

A Ministry of Plum Puffs: Cooking as a Path to Spiritual Maturity in L.M. Montgomery’s Anne Books / Christiana R. Salah (193–209)

The Ethos of Nurture: Revisiting Domesticity in L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables / Monika Hilder (211–27)

Constructing a “New Girl”: Gender and National Identity in Anne of Green Gables and Seven Little Australians / Sharyn Pearce (229–45)

Chronology of Important Events in the Life and Career of Anne’s Creator, Lucy Maud Montgomery (247–50)

About the Contributors (251–54)

Index (255–64)

Reviews

Reviews by Ann F. Howey, Jane Mattisson, Margaret Mackey, Kathleen A. Miller, Anne K. Phillips, and Sean Somers.