Anne around the World: L.M. Montgomery and Her Classic

Anne around the World: L.M. Montgomery and Her Classic

by Jane Ledwell, Jean Mitchell


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What makes Anne of Green Gables an international, time-honoured classic? International audiences have described reading L.M. Montgomery's most celebrated novel as an experience in enchantment. Balancing criticism and celebration, Jane Ledwell and Jean Mitchell bring together essays that consider the sources of the wonder that Montgomery's work inspires. The popular appeal of Montgomery's classic is undeniable, but the reasons for its worldwide resonance are less obvious. From a range of perspectives, the contributors to Anne around the World focus on the numerous themes the novel raises, showcasing why it has charmed readers across the globe - from Iran to Australia, and from Sweden to Japan. Essays consider issues of class, race, and colonial history, discuss Anne's place in children's literature, her passion for writing, and the ways in which L.M. Montgomery and her red-haired protagonist are celebrated by legions of fans. Featuring contributions from many international writers, Anne around the World traces the meaning and influence of a story that spread far from its place of origin on a small Canadian island to distant and culturally diverse places. Contributors include Yoshiko Akamatsu (Notre Dame Seishin University, Japan), Doreley Carolina Coll (University of Prince Edward Island), Brooke Collins-Gearing (School of Humanities and Social Science, New South Wales), Margaret Doody (Notre Dame University), Elizabeth R. Epperly (emeritus, University of Prince Edward Island), Barbara Carman Garner (Carleton University), Caroline E. Jones (Texas State University-San Marcos), Paul Keen (Carleton University), Jane Ledwell, Jennie MacDonald (PhD, University of Denver), Susan Meyer (Wellesley College), Jean Mitchell, Mary Henley Rubio (emeritus, University of Guelph), Gholamreza Sami (Sussex University), Wendy Shilton (University of Prince Edward Island), Cynthia Sugars (University of Ottawa), Tanfer Emin Tunc (Hacettepe University, Turkey), Åsa Warnqvist (Stockholm University, Sweden), Elizabeth Hillman Waterston (emeritus, University of Guelph), and Budge Wilson (author).

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773541405
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 05/02/2013
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jane Ledwell is a writer and editor based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Jean Mitchell is associate professor in anthropology at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Jane Ledwell Jean Mitchell 3

Situating Montgomery and Her Classic

Anne of Green Gables - and Afterward Elizabeth Hillman Waterston 27

Lasting Images of Anne of Green Gables Elizabeth R. Epperly 35

Uncertainties Surrounding the Death of L.M. Montgomery Mary Henley Rubio 45

A Century of Critical Reflection on Anne of Green Gables Barbara Carman Garner 63

The Terrain of the Classic: Allusions and Intertexts

L.M. Montgomery and the Significance of "Classics," Ancient and Modern Margaret Doody 83

"So- so- commonplace": Romancing the Local in Anne of Green Gables and Aurora Leigh Paul Keen 92

"Matthew's school of critics": Learning to Read Anne of Green Gables Cynthia Sugars 106

Anne of Green Gables as Centre and Circumference Wendy Shilton 120

Provoking the Classic: Class, Colonialism, and Christianity

"Nice Folks": L.M. Montgomery's Classic and Subversive Inscriptions and Transgressions of Class Caroline E. Jones 133

Civilizing Anne: Missionaries of the South Seas, Cavendish Evangelicalism, and the Crafting of Anne of Green Gables Jean Mitchell 147

Narrating the "Classic" on Stolen Ground: Anne of Green Gables Brooke Collins-Gearing 164

Anne and After: The Local and Global Circulation of the Classic Text

Teaching and Reading Anne of Green Gables in Iran, the Land of Omar Khayyam Gholamreza Samigorganroodi 181

Reading Anne of Green Gables in Montevideo Doreley Carolina Coll 192

Teaching Anne and Antonia in Turkey: Feminist Girlhood in L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables and Willa Cather's My Antonia Tanfer Emin Tunc 200

The Continuous Popularity of Red-haired Anne in Japan: An Interview with Yoshiko Akamatsu Yoshiko Akamatsu 216

"I experienced a light that became a part of me": Reading Anne of Green Gables in Sweden Åsa Warnqvist 228

Paratext and Aftertexts: Further Words on Anne

"I just love pretty clothes": Considering the Sartorial in Anne of Green Gables Jennie Macdonald 245

Writing after Anne: L.M. Montgomery's Influence on Canadian Children's Literature Susan Meyer 262

Writing Before Green Gables Budge Wilson 281

Author Biographies 289

Index 297

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