Photo of Benjamin Lefebvre.PhD, McMaster University
MA, University of Guelph
BA Honours, Concordia University

Email: blefebvre@uwaterloo.ca
Website: http://benjaminlefebvre.com


Born and raised in Québec, I moved to Ontario in 1999 to undertake my MA at the University of Guelph, followed by my PhD at McMaster University. Since completing my PhD, I have held several visiting appointments, including Assistant Professor of English (on a limited-term appointment) at the University of Winnipeg and at Ryerson University, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta, Leverhulme Visiting Fellow at the University of Worcester, and Visiting Scholar at the TransCanada Institute. I am currently affiliated with the Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre (Ryerson), the Institute for Child and Youth Studies (Lethbridge), and the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures (Winnipeg).

I also have taught in various undergraduate programs at Wilfrid Laurier University since 2010 and in the graduate certificate program in publishing at Ryerson since 2015, and I have lived in the Kitchener–Waterloo area for over a decade.

Selected Publications

Edited Books

Editor, The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 3: A Legacy in Review (University of Toronto Press, 2015)

Editor, The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 2: A Critical Heritage (University of Toronto Press, 2014)

Editor, The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 1: A Life in Print (University of Toronto Press, 2013)

Editor, Textual Transformations in Children’s Literature: Adaptations, Translations, Reconsiderations (Routledge, 2013; paperback edition, 2015)

Co-editor (with Andrea McKenzie), Rilla of Ingleside, by L.M. Montgomery (Viking Canada, 2010; paperback edition, 2011)

Co-editor (with Irene Gammel), Anne’s World: A New Century of Anne of Green Gables (University of Toronto Press, 2010)

Editor, The Blythes Are Quoted, by L.M. Montgomery (Viking Canada, 2009; paperback edition, 2010; Penguin Modern Classics Edition, 2018)

Edited Book Series

Editor, The L.M. Montgomery Library (University of Toronto Press, 2018–)

  • A World of Songs: Selected Poems, 1894–1921 (2019)
  • A Name for Herself: Selected Writings, 1891–1917 (2018)

Editor, Early Canadian Literature Series (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014–)

  • Recollections of a Forest Life, by George Copway, afterword by Deanna Reder (forthcoming in 2020)
  • The New Race: Selected Writings, 1901–1904, by William H.H. Johnson, afterword by Wayde Compton (forthcoming in 2019)
  • Argimou: A Legend of the Micmac, by S. Douglass S. Huyghue, afterword by Gwendolyn Davies (2017)
  • In Due Season, by Christine van der Mark, afterword by Carole Gerson and Janice Dowson (2016)
  • The Flying Years, by Frederick Niven, afterword by Alison Calder (2015)
  • The Forest of Bourg-Marie, by S. Frances Harrison, afterword by Cynthia Sugars (2015)
  • The Seats of the Mighty, by Gilbert Parker, afterword by Andrea Cabajsky (2015)
  • The Traditional History and Characteristic Sketches of the Ojibway Nation, by George Copway, afterword by Shelley Hulan (2014)
  • Painted Fires, by Nellie L. McClung, afterword by Cecily Devereux (2014)
  • The Foreigner: A Tale of Saskatchewan, by Ralph Connor, afterword by Daniel Coleman (2014)

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Twenty refereed journal articles and book chapters in Canadian Children’s Literature / Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse, Canadian Literature, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, English Studies in Canada, Essays on Canadian Writing, Journal of Canadian Studies / Revue d’études canadiennes, Journal of Religion and Culture, Studies in Canadian Literature / Études en littérature canadienne, Voix plurielles, and in books published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Routledge, Springer, University of Toronto Press, and Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1999–

Fellowships and Awards

  • PROSE Award for Literature, Association of American Publishers, for The L.M. Montgomery Reader, Volume 1: A Life in Print; Volume 2: A Critical Heritage; Volume 3: A Legacy in Review (UTP, 2013–15), 2016
  • Marie Tremaine Fellowship, The Bibliographical Society of Canada / La Société bibliographique du Canada, for “A Reassessment of L.M. Montgomery’s Critical Reception,” 2013
  • Leverhulme visiting fellowship, International Forum for Research in Children’s Literature, University of Worcester, 2009–2010
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellowship, Department of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta, 2007–2009

Current Research

I am currently busy with new projects on adolescent fiction, long-form serial television, Canadian adult fictions of childhood, periodical texts, and cross-media adaptations, in addition to editing the Early Canadian Literature series (Wilfrid Laurier University Press), which returns to print rare texts deserving of reconsideration in the canon of Canadian literature.

University of Waterloo

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