L.M. Montgomery and War

Four New Calls for Papers

I’m pleased to post four new calls for papers on L.M. Montgomery and her work. The first two were included in the program for the L.M. Montgomery and War conference, held this past weekend at the University of Prince Edward Island: a collection of essays entitled L.M. Montgomery and War, to be edited by Andrea McKenzie and Jane Ledwell, and a call for the 2016 conference, L.M. Montgomery and Gender, with Andrea McKenzie and Laura M. Robinson as conference co-chairs. The remaining two are for proposed panels for the NeMLA conference, to be held in Toronto in April 2015: L.M. Montgomery’s Ontario Years, 1911–42: A Changing World, to be chaired by Lesley D. Clement, and Beyond “Green Gables”: L.M. Montgomery’s Darker Side, to be chaired by Laura M. Robinson.

UPDATE: The dates of the L.M. Montgomery and Gender conference have been confirmed: 23–26 June 2016! Deadline for submissions is 15 August 2015.

Welcome Wagon Redux

Statue of L.M. Montgomery, located at Borden–Carleton Gateway Village, Prince Edward Island
Statue of L.M. Montgomery, located at Borden–Carleton Gateway Village, Prince Edward Island

Given that today is the first day of L.M. Montgomery and War, the 11th biennial conference hosted by the L.M. Montgomery Institute of the University of Prince Edward Island (an event that I am co-chairing with Andrea McKenzie), it seemed like the best time to launch this site, a new, expanded incarnation of the L.M. Montgomery Research Group that appeared in 2007.

This site continues to offer users resources pertaining to L.M. Montgomery’s life, work, and legacy, including editions of her books, scholarship, and textual transformations in the form of extensions, adaptations, and translations. My plan is to add more items from my personal collection, particularly more recent editions of Montgomery’s books, and eventually I will invite fellow Montgomery collectors to contribute details about books and other items from their own collections. Given the vast amount of materials out there, and the fact that interest in Montgomery’s life and work continues to grow, this website will never be “done,” but rather will continue to expand over time. If you find a dead link or an error, please let me know. You can also find the site on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

Postcard for L.M. Montgomery and War

I’ve been looking forward to the conference, part of a series of biennial conferences that started in 1994 (and that I’ve attended since 1996). Two years ago, at the conference on L.M. Montgomery and Cultural Memory, four of my friends contributed blog posts about the conference, each covering the events of a single day. I’m hoping to replicate that this year, and you can also follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #lmmi14.

Ben with Anne at the Charlottetown airport
Ben with Anne at the Charlottetown airport

I have been on the Island since last Friday, and have enjoyed getting reacquainted with familiar friends and places as well as experiencing this year’s production of the musical Anne and Gilbert. I’ve been coming here so long that, in a way, it feels a bit like I’ve come home.

L.M. Montgomery and War: Conference Registration Open

Registration is now open for the 11th International Montgomery conference, L.M. Montgomery and War, to be held on 26–29 June 2014 at the University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada. The conference will explore war, its definition, and its impact through a multidisciplinary examination of the works of L.M. Montgomery and their influence across a century. With an exciting line-up of keynote speakers, including distinguished historian Jonathan F. Vance, Montgomery scholar and former UPEI President Elizabeth Rollins Epperly, and Canada Research Chair Irene Gammel, this conference promises to foster research excellence and innovative directions in Montgomery scholarship. For more information about the conference program and registration, go to http://www.lmmontgomery.ca/conference2014.

New Deadline for L.M. Montgomery and War

The call for proposals for L.M. Montgomery and War, the eleventh biennial conference hosted by the L.M. Montgomery Institute and held at the University of Prince Edward Island, has a new deadline of 15 August 2013! Please visit the new conference Facebook page for all the latest updates!

CFP: L.M. Montgomery and War (26–29 June 2014)

University of Prince Edward Island, 26–29 June 2014

Please note that the deadline for submissions is now 15 August 2013

“And you will tell your children of the Idea we fought and died for—teach them it must be lived for as well as died for, else the price paid for it will have been given for nought.” — Rilla of Ingleside (1921)

“I am thankful now, Jem, that Walter did not come back … and if he had seen the futility of the sacrifice they made then mirrored in this ghastly holocaust …” — The Blythes Are Quoted (2009)

The year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, a global conflict that would prove life-changing for L.M. Montgomery and millions of her contemporaries. For the eleventh biennial conference hosted by the L.M. Montgomery Institute at the University of Prince Edward Island, we invite proposals for papers that consider war in relation to L.M. Montgomery’s fiction, poetry, life writing, photographs, and scrapbooks, and the range of adaptations and spinoffs in the areas of film, television, theatre, tourism, and online communities.

Montgomery’s 1921 novel Rilla of Ingleside is one of the only contemporary accounts of Canadian women’s experience on the homefront during the First World War, but the War is evoked and implied in direct and indirect ways in many of the novels, short stories, and poems that precede and follow it. The Blythes Are Quoted, Montgomery’s final published work, bridges the years between the First World War and the Second World War, complicating Montgomery’s perspectives and thoughts about war and conflict. Montgomery’s work has met with a variety of responses world-wide during times of war and rebellion, from post-WWII Japan to today’s Middle Eastern countries. Different kinds of wars and rebellions also permeate her fiction and life writing—class conflicts, family disputes, gender and language wars—sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic. This conference seeks to take stock of the complex ways in which war in all its forms has influenced Montgomery’s works and their reception, both in Canada and around the world.

Possible topics include: the Great War anticipated, revisited, remembered, and re-imagined; the politics of gendered witnessing; Montgomery’s reception in times of war and conflict; chivalry, patriarchy, conflict, and romance in poetry and fiction; war as an agent of change; internal and external rebellion in relation to war; the psychology of war in battle and on the homefront.

Proposals should clearly articulate the proposed paper’s argument and demonstrate familiarity with current scholarship in the field (please see for an updated bibliography). For more information, please contact the conference co-chairs, Dr. Benjamin Lefebvre (ben@roomofbensown.net) and Dr. Andrea McKenzie (acmcken@gmail.com). Submit a proposal of 200–250 words, a biographical statement of 70 words, and a list of A/V requirements by 15 August 2013 by using our online form at the L.M. Montgomery Institute website at http://www.lmmontgomery.ca/. Proposals for workshops, exhibits, films, and performances are also welcomed. Since all proposals are vetted blind, they should include no identifying information.

Two L.M. Montgomery Calls for Papers

Two calls for papers have now been posted, for the next two conferences hosted by the L.M. Montgomery Institute at the University of Prince Edward Island: L.M. Montgomery and Cultural Memory (21–24 June 2012) and L.M. Montgomery and War (26–29 June 2014).