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Making Canada New

Editing, Modernism, and New Media

edited by Dean Irvine, Vanessa Lent & Bart A. Vautour

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2017
Books & Reading, General, Media Studies, Canadian
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An examination of the connections between modernist writers and editorial activities, Making Canada New draws links among new and old media, collaborative labour, emergent scholars and scholarships, and digital modernisms. In doing so, the collection reveals that renovating modernisms does not need to depend on the fabrication of completely new modes of scholarship. Rather, it is the repurposing of already existing practices and combining them with others – whether old or new, print or digital – that instigates a process of continuous renewal. Critical to this process of renewal is the intermingling of print and digital research methods and the coordination of more popular modes of literary scholarship with less frequented ones, such as bibliography, textual studies, and editing. Making Canada New tracks the editorial renovation of modernism as a digital phenomenon while speaking to the continued production of print editions.

About the authors

Dean Irvine is an associate professor in the Department of English at Dalhousie University and director of the SSHRC-funded Editing Modernism in Canada project. He is the author of Editing Modernity: Women and Little-Magazine Cultures in Canada, 1916-1956 (University of Toronto Press, 2008), and editor of Archive For Our Times: Previously Uncollected and Unpublished Poems of Dorothy Livesay (Arsenal Pulp, 1998), Heresies: The Complete Poems of Anne Wilkinson, 1924-61 (Vehicule, 2003), and The Canadian Modernists Meet (University of Ottawa Press, 2005). His forthcoming work includes a new monograph, Variant Readings: Editing Canadian Literature in English, under contract to McGill-Queen's University Press, and a two-volume critical edition, co-edited with Robert G. May, of F.R. Scott's complete poems and translations. He is a general editor, with Zailig Pollock and Sandra Djwa, of the multivolume print edition and digital archive of the collected works of P.K. Page and the director and English-language general editor of the University of Ottawa Press's Canadian Literature Collection/Collection de littérature canadienne.

Dean Irvine's profile page

Vanessa Lent holds a PhD in English from Dalhousie University and is an Instructional Assistant at the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia.

Vanessa Lent's profile page

Bart Vautour is an assistant professor in the Department of English at Dalhousie University. He co-directs the “Canada and the Spanish Civil War” project (

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Editorial Reviews

"This collection of essays serves as an important resource for any digital humanities scholar, especially those pondering how to digitally represent an author’s archive…"

Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada, vol 56 no 1-2

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