Gammel, Irene, and Benjamin Lefebvre, eds. Anne’s World: A New Century of Anne of Green Gables. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.
Paratexts: Introduction by Irene Gammel; afterword by Richard Cavell
6” x 9”, x + 263 pp., 978-1-4426-1106-1 (trade paperback), 978-1-4426-4202-7 (unjacketed hardcover), https://doi.org/10.3138/9781442690233
Anne’s World: A New Century of Anne of Green Gables is a collection of essays edited by Irene Gammel and Benjamin Lefebvre and introduced by Irene Gammel. It features original scholarship by Ranbir K. Banwait, Alison Matthews David, Irene Gammel, Carole Gerson, Helen Hoy, Huifeng Hu, Benjamin Lefebvre, Alexander MacLeod, Leslie McGrath, Mary Jeanette Moran, Jason Nolan, Andrew O’Malley, Margaret Steffler, and Kimberly Wahl, as well as an afterword by Richard Cavell. The book was published by University of Toronto Press as a trade paperback in June 2010 and as an unjacketed hardcover in July 2010.
- Anne’s World: A New Century of Anne of Green Gables at University of Toronto Press
- Anne’s World: A New Century of Anne of Green Gables at Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre
- Anne’s World: A New Century of Anne of Green Gables at Benjamin Lefebvre’s website
From Inside the Book
The recent 100-year anniversary of the first publication of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables has inspired renewed interest in one of Canada’s most beloved fictional icons. The international appeal of the red-haired orphan has not diminished over the past century, and the cultural meaning of her story continues to grow and change. The original essays in Anne’s World offer fresh and timely approaches to issues of culture, identity, health, and globalization as they apply to Montgomery’s famous character and to today’s readers. In conversation with each other and with the work of previous experts, the contributors to Anne’s World discuss topics as diverse as Anne in fashion, the global industry surrounding Anne, the novel’s use as a tool to counteract depression, and the possibility that Anne suffers from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Anne in translation and its adaptation for film and television are also considered. By establishing new ways to examine one of popular culture’s favourite characters, the essays of Anne’s World demonstrate the timeless and ongoing appeal of L.M. Montgomery’s writing.
Introduction: Reconsidering Anne’s World / Irene Gammel (3–16)
1. Seven Milestones: How Anne of Green Gables Became a Canadian Icon / Carole Gerson (17–34)
2. “Matthew Insists on Puffed Sleeves”: Ambivalence towards Fashion in Anne of Green Gables / Alison Matthews David and Kimberly Wahl (35–49)
3. “I’ll Never Be Angelically Good”: Feminist Narrative Ethics in Anne of Green Gables / Mary Jeanette Moran (50–64)
4. “Too Heedless and Impulsive”: Re-reading Anne of Green Gables through a Clinical Approach / Helen Hoy (65–81)
5. Reading to Heal: Anne of Green Gables as Bibliotherapy / Irene Gammel (82–99)
6. Reading with Blitheness: Anne of Green Gables in Toronto Public Library’s Children’s Collections / Leslie McGrath (100–16)
7. Learning with Anne: Early Childhood Education Looks at New Media for Young Girls / Jason Nolan (117–33)
8. On the Road from Bright River: Shifting Social Space in Anne of Green Gables / Alexander MacLeod (134–49)
9. Anne in a “Globalized” World: Nation, Nostalgia, and Postcolonial Perspectives of Home / Margaret Steffler (150–65)
10. An Enchanting Girl: International Portraits of Anne’s Cultural Transfer / Irene Gammel with Andrew O’Malley, Huifeng Hu, and Ranbir K. Banwait (166–91)
11. What’s in a Name? Towards a Theory of the Anne Brand / Benjamin Lefebvre (192–211)
Afterword: Mediating Anne / Richard Cavell (212–16)
“This collection is really ‘Anne for a New Century.’ As Anne begins her journey into the next millennium, after her first 100 years, Gammel and Lefebvre have proven that there are startling new facets to uncover: her disabilities and her creator’s depression; her modern fashions and her ruthless tourism; her long archival life in libraries and her postmodern digital presence. These new approaches reveal that Anne is as new today as ever.”
—Holly Blackford, editor of 100 Years of Anne with an “e”: The Centennial Study of Anne of Green Gables
Reviews by Carol L. Beran, Lesley D. Clement, Jane Mattisson, Anne K. Phillips, and Sean M. Saunders.