MaudCast S02E05 Alan MacEachern, L.M. Montgomery Institute Visiting Scholar 

Show Notes:

In this episode, historian Alan MacEachern joins Brenton Dickieson to talk about Alan’s work as a historian of place and as the 2022-23 L.M. Montgomery Institute Visiting Scholar. Dr. Alan MacEachern is a Canadian history professor at the University of Western Ontario. He has recently published a book on the Miramichi fire, and an upcoming book with UPEI’s Dr. Ed MacDonald, The Summer Trade: A History of Tourism on Prince Edward Island, will be out any day now. As they are both “Island boys,” Brenton and Alan discuss this unique place to visit and call home, Prince Edward Island, and how Montgomery’s life and works help people from around the world become intrigued with PEI. They talk about the upcoming Montgomery Institute Conference in June 2022, with the theme of “L.M. Montgomery and Re-Vision.” Alan also shares about his current research project on the diary of Myrtle Webb, bringing to life the family that lived at the home that inspired the “Green Gables” in Montgomery’s iconic Anne books. 

Podcast Description:

The MaudCast is the podcast of the L.M. Montgomery Institute. In the MaudCast’s quest to discover cutting-edge scholarship about the life and works of Lucy Maud Montgomery, we welcome to the microphone leading academics, emerging scholars, local researchers, and imaginative readers and writers from around the world. Hosted by Dr. Brenton Dickieson, we broadcast from the beautiful campus of the University of Prince Edward Island. 

The MaudCast Team

Host and Founding Producer: Brenton Dickieson

Founding Co-Producer: Kate Scarth

Technical Director: Kristy McKinney

Researcher: Keziah Stoltz

Researcher: Abbey McRoberts

Researcher: Alyssa Gillespie

Visual Design: Heidi Haering

Web Coordinator: Melanie J. Fishbane

MaudCast Media Contacts:

Find the MaudCast on Twitter and Instagram @LMMIMaudCast

L.M. Montgomery Institute Website: https://www.lmmontgomery.ca/ 

L.M. Montgomery Institute Twitter: @LMMI_PEI

Kindred Spaces Research Collection Online: https://kindredspaces.ca/ 

The Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies: https://journaloflmmontgomerystudies.ca/ 

Brenton Dickieson Twitter: @BrentonDana

Brenton Dickieson website: www.aPilgrimInNarnia.com 

Brenton Dickieson Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bdickieson/  

Guest Social Media Links:   

Twitter: https://twitter.com/alanmaceachern  

University Website: https://history.uwo.ca/people/faculty/maceachern.html   

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1623333.Alan_MacEachern?from_search=true&from_srp=true  

Closing Quotation:

The extract from Myrtle Webb’s diary will be part of Dr. MacEachern’s future book, tentatively titled Myrtle Webb of Green Gables. You can see his upcoming keynote talk at the L.M. Montgomery and Re-vision conference this summer, information here: https://lmmontgomery.ca//lm-montgomery-and-re-vision 

Research and Book References from the Show:

MacEachern, Alan and MacDonald, Edward. The Summer Trade: A History of Tourism on Prince Edward Island. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press. Publication Date: April 15th, 2022

MacEachern, Alan. The Miramichi Fire: A history. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020 

MacEachern, Alan. Natural Selections: National Parks in Atlantic Canada, 1935–1970. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2001.

Acknowledgements:

The MaudCast is a global podcast in a digital age but operates in a particular time and place. Thus, we would like to respectfully acknowledge that the land upon which we broadcast is the traditional and ongoing unceded territory of the Abegweit Mi’kmaq First Nation.

Special thanks to the Robertson Library at UPEI and all of our community partners.

Susato’s “Selection from The Danserye: III. Les Quatre Branle” performed by the UPEI Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Karem J Simon, available for purchase here: https://upeiwindsymphony.bandcamp.com/album/the-danserye.

The MaudCast is supported in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Show Notes:

In this episode, Brenton Dickieson is pleased to connect with Montgomery-inspired poet and scholar, Julie A. Sellers, on her collection of poems, Kindred Verse: Poems inspired by Anne of Green Gables–a collection filled photographs, reflections, and poems in conversation with the eight Anne books by L.M. Montgomery. Rooted in images of home, the natural, and the adventurous imagination, Kindred Verse is a reflection of how Montgomery’s works and the character of Anne have reshaped Julie’s own sense of the possible. Inspired by readings from Kindred Verses, Julie and Brenton discuss themes of nostalgia, friendship, and landscapes both natural and imaginative.

Podcast Description:

The MaudCast is the podcast of the L.M. Montgomery Institute. In the MaudCast’s quest to discover cutting-edge scholarship about the life and works of Lucy Maud Montgomery, we welcome to the microphone leading academics, emerging scholars, local researchers, and imaginative readers and writers from around the world. Hosted by Dr. Brenton Dickieson, we broadcast from the beautiful campus of the University of Prince Edward Island. 

The MaudCast Team

Host and Founding Producer: Brenton Dickieson

Founding Co-Producer: Kate Scarth

Technical Director: Kristy McKinney

Researcher: Abbey McRoberts

Researcher: Alyssa Gillespie

Researcher: Keziah Stoltz

Visual Design: Heidi Haering

Web Coordinator: Melanie J. Fishbane

MaudCast Media Contacts:

Find the MaudCast on Twitter and Instagram @LMMIMaudCast

L.M. Montgomery Institute Website: https://www.lmmontgomery.ca/ 

L.M. Montgomery Institute Twitter: @LMMI_PEI

Kindred Spaces Research Collection Online: https://kindredspaces.ca/ 

The Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies: https://journaloflmmontgomerystudies.ca/ 

Brenton Dickieson Twitter: @BrentonDana

Brenton Dickieson website: www.aPilgrimInNarnia.com 

Brenton Dickieson Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bdickieson/  

Guest Social Media Links:   

Twitter: @julieasellers 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/julieasellersauthor  

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/julieasellers/

Website: https://julieasellers.com/ 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7785927.Julie_A_Sellers

Closing Quotation:

“We will meet, somewhere, there in the middle of the book…” From Julie A. Sellers, Kindred Verse: Poems Inspired by Anne of Green Gables (Wichita: Blue Cedar Press, 2021), p. 20.

Research and Book References from the Show:

Sellers, Julie A. Kindred Verse: Poems Inspired by Anne of Green Gables. Wichita: Blue Cedar Press, 2021.

Sellers, Julie A. “‘Just as If I Was a Heroine in a Book’: Quixotic Identification in and with Anne of Green Gables.” In Reflections on Our Relationships with Anne of Green Gables: Kindred Spirits, edited by Jessica Carniel and Nike Sulway, 105–20. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2021.

Sellers, Julie A. “‘A Good Imagination Gone Wrong’: Reading Anne of Green Gables as a Quixotic Novel.” Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies, 5 June 2019, https://journaloflmmontgomerystudies.ca/reading/sellers.

Acknowledgements:

The MaudCast is a global podcast in a digital age but operates in a real time and space. Thus, we would like to respectfully acknowledge that the land upon which we broadcast is the traditional and ongoing unceded territory of the Abegweit Mi’kmaq First Nation.

Special thanks to the Robertson Library at UPEI and all of our community partners.

Susato’s “Selection from The Danserye: III. Les Quatre Branle” performed by the UPEI Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Karem J Simon, available for purchase here: https://upeiwindsymphony.bandcamp.com/album/the-danserye.

The MaudCast is supported in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

 

MaudCast S02E03 Melanie Fishbane and Images of Montgomery as an Author

In this episode, host Brenton Dickieson sits down with scholar and fiction writer, Melanie J. Fishbane to talk about how Mel brings together the creative and the critical in dialogue with L.M. Montgomery’s life and work. At the centre of their discussion is Mel’s literary YA historical fiction, Maud. They discuss Mel’s research and discovery process, getting to the heart of how Lucy Maud Montgomery--”Maud” to her friends and family--became a living character in Mel’s imagination. They discuss Mel’s artistic and character choices, including the difficult conversation about Montgomery and indigenous peoples she encountered, especially in her year in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Mel’s choices in the novel, we see--including an elegant moment of drawing the question to the surface--are informed by sensitive research, scholarly insight, writerly instinct, and the ethical choice to seek consultation. Listeners to this episode will appreciate an in-depth discussion about the writing process, and hear about Melanie’s scholarly work, including a recent paper bringing together two Annes--Anne Frank and Anne of Green Gables--woven together thoughtfully with Melanie’s own writerly perspective. Listeners will also enjoy conversation about great books, journaling, the perils of workplace cats, and the importance of coloured pens.

Podcast Description

The MaudCast is the podcast of the L.M. Montgomery Institute. In the MaudCast’s quest to discover cutting-edge scholarship about the life and works of Lucy Maud Montgomery, we welcome to the microphone leading academics, emerging scholars, local researchers, and imaginative readers and writers from around the world. Hosted by Dr. Brenton Dickieson, we broadcast from the beautiful campus of the University of Prince Edward Island. 

The MaudCast Team

Host and Founding Producer: Brenton Dickieson

Founding Co-Producer: Kate Scarth

Technical Director: Kristy McKinney

Researcher: Abbey McRoberts

Researcher: Alyssa Gillespie

Researcher: Keziah Stoltz

Visual Design: Heidi Haering

Web Coordinator: Melanie J. Fishbane

MaudCast Media Contacts:

Find the MaudCast on Twitter and Instagram @LMMIMaudCast

L.M. Montgomery Institute Website: https://www.lmmontgomery.ca/ 

L.M. Montgomery Institute Twitter: @LMMI_PEI

Kindred Spaces Research Collection Online: https://kindredspaces.ca/ 

The Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies: https://journaloflmmontgomerystudies.ca/ 

Brenton Dickieson Twitter: @BrentonDana

Brenton Dickieson website: www.aPilgrimInNarnia.com 

Brenton Dickieson Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bdickieson/  

Guest Social Media Links:   

Twitter: @MelanieFishbane

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelanieJFishbane/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/melanie_fishbane/ 

Website: https://melaniefishbane.com/ 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15505239.Melanie_J_Fishbane 

Susato’s “Selection from The Danserye: III. Les Quatre Branle” performed by the UPEI Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Karem J Simon, available for purchase here: https://upeiwindsymphony.bandcamp.com/album/the-danserye.

 

Adapted Closing Quotation:

“May you, dear readers, create stories that come from the dark corners of your soul, giving voice to your rainbow valleys, shining waters, and disappointed houses too” (Melanie J. Fishbane, Maud: A Novel INspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery, p. 366).

Research References from the Show:

Fishbane, Melanie J. Maud: A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery. Toronto: Penguin Teen Canada, 2017.

Fishbane, Melanie J. “Two Annes, Many Annes: A Writer’s Reflection on Reading Anne of Green Gables and The Diary of a Young Girl.” Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies, 18 July 2021, https://journaloflmmontgomerystudies.ca/reading/fishbane-two-annes-many-annes

Fishbane, Melanie J. “‘My Pen Shall Heal, Not Hurt’: Writing as Therapy in Rilla of Ingleside and The Blythes Are Quoted.” In L.M. Montgomery’s Rainbow Valleys: The Ontario Years, 1911–1942, edited by Rita Bode and Lesley D. Clement, 131–44, 290–91. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015.

Dickieson, Brenton D.G. “Befriending the Darkness: L.M. Montgomery’s Lived Theodicy in Anne’s House of Dreams.” Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies, 25 Oct 2021, https://journaloflmmontgomerystudies.ca/reading/Dickieson/Befriending-the-Darkness

Special thanks to the Robertson Library at UPEI and all of our community partners.

The MaudCast is supported in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

In this episode, host Brenton Dickieson was joined by two Atlantic Canadian L.M. Montgomery scholars, E. Holly Pike and Laura Robinson. Laura and Holly share about their labour of longsuffering love, the richly edited volume, L.M. Montgomery and Gender, recently published by McGill-Queen’s University Press. In discussion about some of the thoughtful essays in the collection, readers will enjoy hearing about the complex relationship of masculinities and feminitities in Montgomery’s novels and short stories. In particular, Brenton, Holly, and Laura press in on “what L.M. Montgomery is doing to us as readers,” focussing on her particularly deft inversive and subversive tendencies. Within a broad-ranging conversation about books, research, and the social moment, Laura and Holly also share their stories of discovering the imaginative possibilities of working critically with Montgomery’s works and their hopes for an ever-increasing diversity of voices within the Montgomery scholarly community. 

Show Notes

The MaudCast is the podcast of the L.M. Montgomery Institute. In the MaudCast’s quest to discover cutting-edge scholarship about the life and works of Lucy Maud Montgomery, we welcome to the microphone leading academics, emerging scholars, local researchers, and imaginative readers and writers from around the world. Hosted by Dr. Brenton Dickieson, we broadcast from the beautiful campus of the University of Prince Edward Island. 

The MaudCast Team

Host and Founding Producer: Brenton Dickieson

Founding Co-Producer: Kate Scarth

Technical Director: Kristy McKinney

Researcher: Abbey McRoberts

Researcher: Alyssa Gillespie

Visual Design: Heidi Haering

Web Coordinator: Melanie J. Fishbane

MaudCast Media Contacts:

Find the MaudCast on Twitter and Instagram @LMMIMaudCast

L.M. Montgomery Institute Website: https://www.lmmontgomery.ca/ 

L.M. Montgomery Institute Twitter: @LMMI_PEI

Kindred Spaces Research Collection Online: https://kindredspaces.ca/ 

The Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies: https://journaloflmmontgomerystudies.ca/ 

Brenton Dickieson Twitter: @BrentonDana

Brenton Dickieson website: www.aPilgrimInNarnia.com 

Brenton Dickieson Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bdickieson/  

Guest Social Media Links:   

Twitter: @Laura_Learns

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robin.laurenson 

Instagram:  laurarobinson1928

Acadia U website: https://english.acadiau.ca/dr-laura-robinson.html 

Closing Quotation: 

“Wave and undertow, affirmation and undercutting: there is no clear end for a time or an idea or a book that people continue to read. Modernism celebrated fractured time, wounded time; Montgomery insisted on time’s deep continuities; she endorsed healing.” (Elizabeth Rollins Epperly, “Magic for Marigold: Engendering Questions about What Lasts,” in L.M. Montgomery and Gender, ed. E. Holly Pike and Laura M. Robinson (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2021), p. 346).

Research References from the Show: 

Pike, E. Holly, and Laura M. Robinson, eds. L.M. Montgomery and Gender. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2021.

Robinson, Laura M. “Kindred Spirits: Kinship and the Nature of Nature in Anne’s House of Dreams and The Blue Castle.” In L.M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature(s), edited by Rita Bode and Jean Mitchell, 171–83, 240–41. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018.

Pike, E. Holly. “Cross-Dressing: Twins, Language, and Gender in L.M. Montgomery’s Short Fiction.” In L.M. Montgomery and Gender, edited by E. Holly Pike and Laura M. Robinson, 175–94. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2021.

Pike, E. Holly. “Reading the Book as Object and Thing in L.M. Montgomery’s Emily Series.” In “L.M. Montgomery and Reading,” edited by Emily Woster and Kate Scarth. Special collection, Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies, 15 December 2020. https://doi.org/10.32393/jlmms/2021.0003

Montgomery, L.M. A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917. Edited by Benjamin Lefebvre. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018. The L.M. Montgomery Library.

Credits:

Susato’s “Selection from The Danserye: III. Les Quatre Branle” performed by the UPEI Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Karem J Simon, available for purchase here: https://upeiwindsymphony.bandcamp.com/album/the-danserye.

Special thanks to the Robertson Library at UPEI and all of our community partners.

The MaudCast is supported in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

 

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