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Children and Childhoods in L.M. Montgomery: Continuing Conversations

Cover of /Children and Childhoods in L.M. Montgomery: Continuing Conversations/, consisting of a black and white photo of three children on an unidentified beach, one of whom looks directly at the camera.

Bode, Rita, Lesley D. Clement, E. Holly Pike, and Margaret Steffler, eds. Children and Childhoods in L.M. Montgomery: Continuing Conversations. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, forthcoming in October 2022.

Paratexts: Introduction by Lesley D. Clement with assistance from Rita Bode, E. Holly Pike, and Margaret Steffler; afterwords by Holly Cinnamon, Lesley D. Clement and Margaret Steffler, Vappu Kannas, Rosalee Peppard Lockyer, and Kit Pearson

6” x 9”, 336 pp., 978-0-2280-1389-1 (trade paperback), 978-0-2280-1388-4 (unjacketed hardcover)

Children and Childhoods in L.M. Montgomery: Continuing Conversations is a collection of essays edited by Rita Bode, Lesley D. Clement, E. Holly Pike, and Margaret Steffler. It features paratexts by the volume editors as well as original scholarship by Yoshiko Akamatsu, Balaka Basu, Rita Bode, Lesley D. Clement, Heidi A. Lawrence, E. Holly Pike, Kate Scarth, Margaret Steffler, Laura Robinson, William Thompson, Bonnie J. Tulloch, and Åsa Warnqvist as well as afterwords by Holly Cinnamon, Vappu Kannas, Rosalee Peppard Lockyer, and Kit Pearson. The volume is scheduled to be published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in October 2022.

From the Publisher

A wide-ranging examination of conversations between L.M. Montgomery’s fiction and the works of other creative artists about children and childhood.

From Jane Austen to contemporary fanfiction and adaptations, literary portrayals of the child and imaginings of childhood are particularly telling indicators of cultural values and when they shift.

Inspired by the responsive reading practices of L.M. Montgomery herself, those demonstrated by her characters and her diverse readership, Children and Childhoods in L.M. Montgomery works with concepts of confluence, based on organic, non-linear readings of texts across time and space. Such readings reconsider views of childhood and children by challenging power hierarchies and inequities found in approaches that privilege more linear readings of literary influence. While acknowledging differences between childhood and adulthood, contributors emphasize kinship between child and adult as well as between past and present selves and use both scholarly approaches and creative reimagining to explore how the boundaries between different stages of life are blurred in Montgomery’s writing.

Children and Childhoods in L.M. Montgomery addresses Montgomery’s challenges to prescribed assumptions about childhood, while positioning her novels as essential texts in twenty-first century literary, childhood, and youth studies.

Contents

Introduction / Lesley D. Clement with assistance from Rita Bode, E. Holly Pike, and Margaret Steffler

Part 1: Conversing with the Past: Vulnerability, Resistance, and Resilience

1. Emily of New Moon and Fanny of Mansfield Park: Childhood at Home in Jane Austen and L.M. Montgomery / Kate Scarth

2. L.M. Montgomery’s Precocious Children: Resisting Adult Narratives of Death, Dying, and the Afterlife / Lesley D. Clement

3. Vulnerable Situations: Boys and Boyhood in the Emily Books / Rita Bode

Part 2: Conversing with the Present: Fantasy, the Ideal, and the Real

4. The Performance of the Beautiful Dream Boy in Novels by L.M. Montgomery and Frances Hodgson Burnett / Margaret Steffler

5. Lost Boys and Lost Girls: The Kindred Offspring of J.M. Barrie and L.M. Montgomery / Bonnie J. Tulloch

6. Magic for Marigold, Childhood, and Fiction / E. Holly Pike

Part 3: Continuing Literary Conversations: Transformative Relationships and Spaces

7. Loving, Larking, and Lying: Free-Spirited Children and Disciplinary Adults in the Works of L.M. Montgomery and Astrid Lindgren / Åsa Warnqvist

8. Absent Fathers: Conversations between L.M. Montgomery and Madeleine L’Engle / Heidi A. Lawrence

9. Transformative Girlhood and Twenty-First-Century Girldom in L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables / William Thompson

Part 4: Continuing Transmediated Conversations: Anime, Fanfiction, and Television Adaptations

10. The Problems and Possibilities Inherent in Adaptation: Emily of New Moon and Emily, Girl of the Wind / Yoshiko Akamatsu

11. Continuing Stories: L.M. Montgomery and Fanfiction in the Digital Era / Balaka Basu

12. Anne with an Edge: CBC-Netflix’s Rereading of Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables / Laura Robinson

Afterwords

Preface / Lesley D. Clement and Margaret Steffler

Emily Kent—The Afterlife of Emily of New Moon / Vappu Kannas

Anne’s Nature / Holly Cinnamon

My Maud by Katie Maurice / Rosalee Peppard Lockyer

Dear Maud / Kit Pearson

Notes

Bibliography

Index



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