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Making Avonlea: L.M. Montgomery and Popular Culture (2002)

Edited by Irene Gammel

Published by University of Toronto Press

From UTP catalogue:

Since the publication of Anne of Green Gables in 1908, L.M. Montgomery and the world of Anne have burgeoned into a global cultural phenomenon, popular not only in Canada, but in countries around the world, including Japan, the United States, and Iran. Making Avonlea, the first study to focus on Montgomery and her characters as popular cultural icons, brings together twenty-three scholars from around the world to examine Montgomery's work, its place in our imagination, and its myriad spinoffs including musicals, films, television series, T-shirts, dolls, and a tourist industry.

Invoking theories of popular culture, film, literature, drama, and tourism, the essayists probe the emotional attachment and loyalty of many generations of mostly female readers to Montgomery's books while also scrutinizing the fierce controversies that surround these books and their author's legacy in Canada. Twenty-five illustrations of theatre and film stills, artwork, and popular cultural artifacts, as well as short pieces featuring personal reflections on Montgomery's novels, are interwoven with scholarly essays to provide a complete picture of the Montgomery cultural phenomenon. Mythopoetics, erotic romance, and visual imagination are subjects of discussion, as is the commercial success of a variety of television series and movies, musicals, and plays based on the Anne books. Scholars are also concerned with the challenges and disputes that surround the translation of Montgomery's work from print to screen and with the growth of tourist sites and websites that have moved Avonlea into new cultural landscapes. Making Avonlea allows the reader to travel to these sites and to consider Canada's most enduring literary figures and celebrity author in light of their status as international icons almost one hundred years after their arrival on the scene.


The Bend in the Road: An Invitation to the World and Work of L.M. Montgomery (2000)

Creative Team: Dr. Elizabeth Epperly, Dr. Anne-Louise Brookes, Deirdre Kessler with Louise Polland (principal writer)

Published by L.M. Montgomery Institute

From UTP catalogue:

The Bend in the Road is a multimedia CD-ROM presentation that invites viewers to discover some of the riches in the life, work, and influence of Canadian hero and internationally acclaimed writer, Lucy Maud Montgomery. With 342 separate screens, thirty video clips, some one hundred audio clips, over two hundred of Montgomery's own photographs, readings by renowned actor Elizabeth Mawson, introductions to the principal Montgomery sites on Prince Edward Island and in Ontario, glimpses of rare manuscript and archival materials, hot links to related sites, commentary on all of Montgomery's writing, a new bibliography, and questions for discussion and research – The Bend in the Road is designed to appeal to Montgomery scholars and enthusiasts as well as those entirely new to Montgomery's work or life who have an interest in culture, history, or inspiration. The CD-ROM includes a family tree that has photographs and audio clips from some of Montgomery's living relatives. Noted historians, family members, and scholars take viewers on tours through Montgomery's past, the sites that now preserve her memory, and a gallery of Montgomery's own photographs. The Bend in the Road is ideal for individual viewing and also for classroom use; students from elementary grades through graduate school will find ideas and materials to pursue.


L.M. Montgomery and Canadian Culture (1999)

Edited by Irene Gammel and Elizabeth Epperly

Published by University of Toronto Press

From UTP catalogue:

Despite the enormous popularity of her books, particularly Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery's role in the development of Canada's national culture is not often discussed by literary historians. This is curious since some of Canada's leading writers, including Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, and Jane Urquhart, have all acknowledged their indebtedness to Montgomery's fiction.

For whatever reasons scholars have not mined the ‘Canadianness' of Montgomery's writing, this collection sets the record straight. It is the first systematic effort to investigate and explore Montgomery's active engagement with Canadian nationalism and identity, including regionalism, canon, formation, and Canadian-American cultural relations. It investigates her work in relation to the many dramatic changes of her day, such as the women's movement and the advent of new technologies, and it looks at the national and international consumption of Anne of Green Gables, considering both ‘high' culture and cultural tourism.

The wide range of contributors represents views from across disciplines and boundaries, including feminist, biographical, psychoanalytical, historical, and cultural approaches. The scholarly reflections are punctuated to great effect by creative pieces, personal reflections, and interviews.

This ground-breaking collection will appeal to all fans of Montgomery's work and to students of Canadian letters. It places Montgomery and her work firmly in the mainstream of Canadian literary history, affirming her importance in Canada's cultural development.