Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven
L. M. Montgomery
Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, considered by many to be the mother of Dada, was a daringly innovative poet and an early creator of junk sculpture. "The Baroness” was best known for her sexually charged, often controversial performances, and while some thought her merely crazed, others thought her a genius.
L.M. Montgomery is perhaps Canada’s most important literary export. She is a prolific writer of 500 short stories and poems, and twenty novels, including the beloved Anne of Green Gables. 2008 marked the centenary of the publication of Anne, and was highlighted in the exhibit Anne of Green Gables: A Canadian Icon at 100 in venues in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto, and Prince Edward Island, May 2008 – March 30, 2009.
The works of numerous Canadian authors who lived during the modernist era may well constitute the most central and experimental articulation of Canadian modernism in prose, allowing authors to stage cross-cultural, controversial, and even conflicted identities—personal and public, sexual and political, regional and national. In Canada, the influx of European voices stimulated the literary production and energized the cross-Canadian literary and cultural dialogue. A well-kept secret, this Canadian modernism deserves more critical attention.
Modernist Biography and Life Writing
Life writing, including autobiographical accounts, diaries, letters and testimonials written or told by women and men whose political, literary or philosophical purposes are central to their lives, has become a standard tool of communication and the dissemination of information. Irene Gammel’s Confessional Politics surmises that in this confessional age, "telling all is in”. Her collection of essays explores the association of confession with femininity; the essays examine its function as a gender-specific discourse as they probe its many feminized genres and subgenres.
Modernism in the World
Recent research has departed from the Euro-centric and national view of Modernism to include approaches and methods studying Modernism across national boundaries and across different art forms to include fashion, dance, performance, technology, and visual culture.