I am a CanLit/kidlit scholar with over fifteen years of experience as an academic researcher, university instructor, copy editor, journal administrator, typesetter, proofreader, indexer, project and website manager, manuscript evaluator, and editor of new editions of older texts. Since receiving my Ph.D. in English from McMaster University in 2006, I have taught as an Assistant Professor (on a limited-term appointment) at the University of Winnipeg and held postdoctoral and visiting appointments at a number of universities in Canada and the UK. Most recently, I received a graduate certificate in publishing from Ryerson University. I live and work in Kitchener, Ontario.
My areas of expertise include twentieth-century and contemporary Canadian literature, print and screen texts for young people, gender and genre, adaptation and screen studies, scholarly editing, the archive, fairy tales and culture, and digital humanities. I am the editor of seven books: an edition of L.M. Montgomery’s rediscovered final book, The Blythes Are Quoted (2009), a restored edition of Montgomery’s First World War novel, Rilla of Ingleside (with Andrea McKenzie, 2010), the collections of essays Anne’s World: A New Century of Anne of Green Gables (with Irene Gammel, 2010) and Textual Transformations in Children’s Literature: Adaptations, Translations, Reconsiderations (2013), and the critical anthology The L.M. Montgomery Reader: Volume 1: A Life in Print (2013), Volume 2: A Critical Heritage (2014), and Volume 3: A Legacy in Review (2015), which won the 2016 PROSE Award for Literature by the Association of American Publishers. I have also contributed journal articles, scholarly book chapters, paratexts, and shorter publications on a wide range of North American print and screen texts. My reviews of fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, and a number of academic journals in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
Currently I teach in the graduate certificate program in Publishing at Ryerson University. I am also Series Editor of the Early Canadian Literature series (Wilfrid Laurier University Press), Copy Editor of Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, and Director of L.M. Montgomery Online. On 1 July 2016, I will begin a one-year contract as Assistant Professor of English at Ryerson University.Tweets by @blefebvre