Editors: Andrea McKenzie and Jane Ledwell
Publisher: McGill–Queen’s University Press (Montreal)
Date: May 2017
Format: Trade paperback/Unjacketed hardcover
Trim: 6” x 9”
L.M. Montgomery and War is a collection of essays edited by Andrea McKenzie and Jane Ledwell. It will be published as both a trade paperback and an unjacketed hardcover by McGill–Queen’s University Press in May 2017.
From the Publisher’s Website
Reclaiming the place of a writer best known for depicting the lives of girls and women, as a groundbreaking writer about war.
War marked L.M. Montgomery’s personal life and writing. As an eleven-year-old, she experienced the suspense of waiting months for news about her father, who fought during the North-West Resistance of 1885. During the First World War, she actively led women’s war efforts in her community, while anguished at the horrors taking place overseas. Through her novels and short stories, Montgomery engages directly with the global conflicts of her time, from the North-West Resistance to the Second World War. Given the influence of her wartime writing on Canada’s cultural memory, L.M. Montgomery and War restores Montgomery to her rightful place as a major war writer.
Reassessing Montgomery’s place in the canon of war literature, contributors to this volume explore three central themes in their essays: her writing in the context of contemporaneous Canadian novelists, artists, and poets; questions about her conceptions of gender identity, war work, and nationalism across enemy lines; and the themes of hurt and healing in her works from the 1920’s and ’30’s.
Drawing on new perspectives from war studies, literary studies, historical studies, gender studies, and visual art, L.M. Montgomery and War explores new ways to consider the iconic Canadian writer and her work.