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“Editing Modernism in Canada,” the Forty-Sixth Conference on Editorial Problems, convened by Colin Hill (University of Toronto), and Dean Irvine (Dalhousie University) will be held on Saturday, 23 October and Sunday, 24 October 2010 in Room 100 of the Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St George Street, University of Toronto.


The past two decades have witnessed a resurgence in transnational modernist studies and the emergence of a new generation of scholars working on Canadian modernist literature and drama. This period has seen the publication of critical monographs, biographies, essay collections, anthologies, and critical editions, the organization of several international conferences, and the launch of major collaborative research projects. The Editing Modernism in Canada (EMiC) project plays a leading role in this emergent generation of modernist studies. For its first major public event, EMiC is hosting the Conference on Editorial Problems at the University of Toronto, 23–24 October 2010. Sean Latham, Past President of the Modernist Studies Association, will deliver the keynote address.

Conference participants include not only EMiC-affiliated researchers but also unaffiliated scholars whose work in the fields of modernist literature and theatre, scholarly editing, book history, and the digital humanities intersects with our project. Panel and roundtable topics include the following: case studies of digital or print editions in progress; rationales for prospective or hypothetical editions in print or digital media; exhibitions of collaborative digital editing tools and publication engines; reports on experiential-learning pedagogies used to train students and new scholars in editorial theory and practice; strategies for the development of relationships among universities, publishers, the media, public libraries and non-profit cultural organizations (book clubs, reading groups, reading series, literary festivals) to promote Canada's modernists; re-assessments of canons and curricula posed by the introduction and/or reinterpretation of Canadian modernist texts in new critical editions; analyses of series of editions (Collected Works of P.K. Page, Collected Works of E.J. Pratt) and how these series have shaped editorial and critical practice; findings based on research into the archives of modernist authors, their editors and anthologists, and their publishers.

Selected papers by conference participants will be collected in a planned volume of conference proceedings, which will be published as part of the University of Toronto Press's Conference on Editorial Problems series and co-edited by the conference organizers. In addition to this collection, we will publish a special issue of Essays on Canadian Writing with contributions from a select group of the conference's panel and roundtable participants.



8:00 – 9:00 am Registration

Pericles Lewis (Yale University): Creating an Online Research Community: The Modernism Lab
Meagan Timney (University of Victoria): Image Markup Tool 2.0
Elizabeth Popham (Trent University): Mixing Media: The Evolution of E.J. Pratt's Behind the Log

10:30 – 11:00   COFFEE BREAK

Marc Fortin (Queen's University): Marius Barbeau's The Downfall of Temlaham: Archival Problems Lead to Editorial Possibilities
Kailin Wright (University of Toronto): Bringing the Text to Life? Editing the Modernist Canadian Play The God of Gods
Bart Vautour (Dalhousie University): Modernist Events: Theorizing an Event-based Editorial Practice

12:30 – 1:30 pm    LUNCH

Benjamin Lefebvre (University of Prince Edward Island): Editing L.M. Montgomery across the Scholarly/Trade Divide
Tony Tremblay (St. Thomas University): The Editorial Problem of Reception: Travails of the New Brunswick Literary Modernists
Gregory Betts (Brock University): When Out in Front Gets Left Behind: Reading/Reaching Canada's Early Avant-Garde Through the Archives

3:00 – 3:30 pm   COFFEE BREAK

Moderator: Dean Irvine (Dalhousie University)
Brandon McFarlane(University of Toronto): Editing Urbanism in Canada
Cameron Anstee (Carleton University): "Because it brought the world to us": A History of the Contact Poetry Readings
Lindsay Foran (University of Ottawa): "Home is where the heart is": Dorothy Livesay's Revisions to Call My People Home
Ian Sampson (Simon Fraser University): Publishing Concrete Poetry in Canada: Earle Birney and Ganglia Press
Jeff Weingarten (McGill University): Unity and Conflict: Modernism, Marxism, and F.R. Scott's Library
Hannah McGregor (University of Guelph): Editing Martha Ostenso's The White Reef
Andrea Hasenbank (University of Alberta): Resting Discontent: Canadian Manifestos, 1910–1960

5:00 – 6:00 pm   BREAK / FREE TIME

6:00 – 8:00 pm   DINNER

3:30 – 8:00 – 8:30 pm   KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Sean Latham (University of Tusla): The Modernist Journals Project


9:00 – 10:30 am    EDITIONS IN PROGRESS
Ruth Panofsky (Ryerson University): Editorial Recovery: The Collected Poetry of Miriam Waddington
Peter Webb (Concordia University): "Hours in These Rooms": Editing Eli Mandel for the Contemporary Reader
Melissa Dalgleish (York University): Transatlantic Editing, Atlantic-Coast Text: Ernest Buckler's The Mountain and the Valley

10:30 – 11:00   COFFEE BREAK

Tanya Clement (University of Maryland): An Immodest Proposal: Towards a Multi-national, Multi-lingual, Collaborative, Scholarly Electronic Edition Comparing the Life Writings of Dadaist Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven and Canadian Frederick Philip Grove
Sophie Marcotte (Concordia University): Le projet HyperRoy
Vanessa Lent (Dalhousie University): The Experiential-Learning Model and By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept

12:30 – 1:30 pm    LUNCH

1:30 – 3:00 pm   P.K. PAGE/IRWIN ROUNDTABLE
Moderator: Zailig Pollock (Trent University)
Sandra Djwa (Simon Fraser University): Socializing Page
Suzanne Bailey (Trent University): Editing the Brazilian Journal
Margaret Steffler (Trent University): Editing the Travel Writings
Emily Ballantyne (Dalhousie University): Genetic Editing in a Digital Environment
Michele Rackham (McGill University): Editing P.K. Irwin's Visual Art
Tim Inkster(Porcupine's Quill): Publishing Page

3:00 – 3:30 pm   COFFEE BREAK

3:30 – 5:00 pm   WATSON ROUNDTABLE
Moderator: Shirley Neuman (University of Toronto)
Fred Flahiff (University of Toronto): Editing Sheila Watson's Journals
Samuel Pane (Université de Montréal): Charting the Landscape of the Moon: An Electronic Edition of Sheila Watson's Unpublished Novel
Paul Tiessen (Wilfrid Laurier University): Comparative Communities and Collaborations: Malcolm Lowry and Sheila Watson
Paul Hjartarson, Kristine Smitka, and Kristin Fast (University of Alberta): Digitizing Wilfred Watson
Alicia Fahey (Trent University): Editing The Double Hook


Editing Modernism in Canada is funded by a Strategic Knowledge Cluster grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


Further information about the conference can be found at the project website. For registration details, please write to Professor Colin Hill.

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