Making Canada New: Editing, Modernism,  and New Media

Making Canada New: Editing, Modernism, and New Media

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Edited by Dean Irvine, Vanessa Lent, Bart Vautour
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2017
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416 Pages
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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.

Dean Irvine is the founder and director of Agile Humanities Agency. He is the director of Editing Modernism in Canada, general editor of the Canadian Literature Collection and is an associate professor in the Department of English at Dalhousie University.

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

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 (



Dean Irvine, Vanessa Lent, and Bart Vautour

1. Libraries, Archives, Databases, Edition

Sean Latham
Unpacking My Digital Library: Programs, Modernisms, Magazines

Marc André Fortin
Archival Problems, Future Possibilities: Reconceptualizing the Digital Database in Canada

Melissa Dalgleish
Editing Modules, Collecting Editions: The Present and Future of Small-Scale Digital Critical Editions

Sophie Marcotte
New Perspectives on Gabrielle Roy’s Manuscripts and Unpublished Texts

J.A. Weingarten
Reading the Personal Library, Rereading F.R. Scott

2. Collaborations

Tanya E. Clement
BaronessElsa: An Autobiographical Manifesto

Paul Hjartarson, Harvey Quamen, Kristin Fast, and EMiC UA
Editing the Wilfred Watson and Sheila Watson Archives: Scholarly Editions ⇔ Digital Projects

Patrick A. McCarthy and Chris Ackerley
Annotating Malcolm Lowry’s In Ballast to the White Sea

Michael John DiSanto
Editing a Legend: George Whalley

Andrea Hasenbank and EMiC UA
Canadian Manifestos: Between Poetics and Polemics

3. Selective Traditions and Alternative Modernisms

Peter Webb
Selecting Modernist Poetry in Canada: Readers’ Editions and Editorial Practice

Gregory Betts
When Out in Front Gets Left Behind: Sol Allen’s They Have Bodies and Canada’s Archived Avant Garde

Kailin Wright
Bringing the Text to Life: Editing The God of Gods

Tony Tremblay
Landscapes of Reception: Historicizing the Travails of the New Brunswick Literary Modernists

Colin Hill
Modernism, Antimodernism, and Hugh MacLennan’s Novels of the 1930s

Works Cited

"Making Canada New is an extremely useful resource for students and scholars of humanities computing, and Canadian literature and culture. All the papers in this collection are of the highest calibre."

Cecily Devereux, Department of English & Film Studies, University of Alberta

"This volume brings together highly polished and intelligent essays on the subject of editing, the digital, and Canadian modernist writers. Making Canada New makes a significant contribution to the field and will be of great interest to specialists of Canadian literature and Canadian studies."

Linda Morra, Department of English, Bishop’s University