In this episode, the 2018 and 2020 winners of the Elizabeth R. Epperly award for Outstanding Early Career Paper sit down for a discussion about Montgomery studies and emerging scholarship. After discussing Bonnie Tulloch’s award-winning paper on “Canadian "Anne-Girl[s]": Literary Descendents of Montgomery's Redheaded Heroine, there is a nice surprise as Bonnie takes over the microphone, interviewing host Brenton Dickieson on his recent paper about Anne’s House of Dreams.
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.
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Guest Links and Notes on the Conversation:
Bonnie’s Website: https://nonsensicaltimes.com/
Domestic Art Project, Co-Curated by Bonnie J. Tulloch and Heidi Haering: https://journaloflmmontgomerystudies.ca/vision-forum/domestic-art-project
Bonnie J. Tulloch, Canadian "Anne-Girl[s]": Literary Descendents of Montgomery's Redheaded Heroine, https://journaloflmmontgomerystudies.ca/reading/tulloch/canadian-anne-girls
As noted in the podcast, Bonne’s research was supported by and IBBY Canada's 2013 Frances E. Russell Grant.
Bonnie noted an evocative line from Anne on motherhood. Here is the full quotation from Anne of Ingleside, Chapter 40, where Christine is pressing Anne about whether she is really settled as a small-town doctor’s wife:
“You used to be quite ambitious, if I remember aright. Didn't you write some rather clever little things when you were at Redmond? A bit fantastic and whimsical, of course, but still . . ."
"I wrote them for the people who still believe in fairyland. There is a surprising lot of them, you know, and they like to get news from that country."
"And you've quite given it up?"
"Not altogether . . . but I'm writing living epistles now," said Anne, thinking of Jem and Co.
Christine stared, not recognizing the quotation….
Anne is probably referencing St. Paul in 2 Corinthians 3:1-3, which has become a literary byword in English history.
It is worth noting that 2016 was Bonnie’s first Montgomery conference--not the first one. For this great conference in 2022 in its 15th iteration, see The L.M. Montgomery Institute’s Biennial International Conference Call For Paper Proposals: https://www.lmmontgomery.ca/lmmongtomery.ca/call-papers-lmmontgomery-revision
Brenton’s Epperly-awarding winning paper is “Befriending the Darkness: L.M. Montgomery’s Popular Theodicy in Anne’s House of Dreams” and will appear in the near future in The Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies.
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 joys of sincere work and worthy aspiration and congenial friendship were to be hers; nothing could rob her of her birthright of fancy or her ideal world of dreams. And there was always the bend in the road!” (Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, p. 364).
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.