Website News

New “Browse By” Function

Although I haven’t added a new blog post in a while, a lot of activity has been happening of late behind the scenes of this website. Users now have the option to browse by author, by actor, by director, by screenwriter, and by periodical. As well, the stage and screen section has been substantially overhauled.

Coming up in the next few weeks are updated lists of magazine items, newspaper items, and reviews, including items appearing or mentioned in The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 3: A Legacy in Review.

Bibliography Update: Earliest Book-Length Studies

I’ve spent the morning adding to the list of book-length studies—not only studies devoted exclusively to Montgomery’s work but also studies that mention her work as part of a discussion of a broader number of texts. Of particular interest to me are the studies that were published during Montgomery’s lifetime, by authors such as Henry James Morgan, Thomas Guthrie Marquis, J.D. Logan and Donald G. French, Archibald MacMechan, William Arthur Deacon, Lionel Stevenson, Lorne Pierce, and Vernon Blair Rhodenizer. The bibliography is limited to citations, but I discuss the contributions of all these critics in the introduction to The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 1: A Life in Print.

Also, I recently did an email interview with Open Book Toronto about my work as series editor of the Early Canadian Literature series published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press, which mentions my work on L.M. Montgomery.

Our Anniversary

I want to draw your attention to the fact that the LMMRG is celebrating its tenth anniversary this summer. Jason and Yuka and I started the initial discussion list at the University of Toronto shortly after the Message in a Bottle conference at UPEI in June 1998. A decade later, with a membership of thirty-eight people from around the world, the discussion list continues to go strong, and we’re very pleased with the virtual community of scholars and researchers that has developed. And with the new LMMRG website, launched in 2006, we continue to explore new ways to disseminate research.

But with this milestone comes a significant change: Jason and Yuka are now stepping down as co-chairs of the LMMRG, after a decade of service. Jason is leaving to devote all his energies on a number of research projects in early childhood education at Ryerson University, and Yuka, Osborne Collections Assistant at the Toronto Public Library, will now join the advisory board. I want to thank Jason and Yuka publicly for everything they’ve done (and will continue to do) for this community, which would not exist without their tenacity and hard work. I also look forward to the next ten years of scholarly research.

Welcome Wagon

Welcome to our blog. This is a space where we’ll be adding updates and announcements about everything L.M. Montgomery. There is an RSS feed and all the bells and whistles that pertain to it. We’re just setting things up, so feel free to return on a regular basis. Be sure to visit the rest of the website for the L.M. Montgomery Research Group.