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Podnieks, Elizabeth


Associate Professor; Graduate Practicum Director


BA (McGill); MA and PhD (Toronto)


JOR 1040


416-979-5000 ext 6547

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Elizabeth Podnieks is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and the Joint Ryerson/York Graduate Program in Communication and Culture. She has published on a range of figures from Emily Coleman, Virginia Woolf, Anaïs Nin, and Zelda Fitzgerald to Perez Hilton, Angelina Jolie, and celebrity mom bloggers. She is a member of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI); and is the Area Chair for the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association’s (PCA/ACA) Motherhood/Fatherhood Area. At present she is working on a monograph about representations of motherhood in modernist auto/biography and journalism; and developing a project to digitize and mark-up material in The Emily Holmes Coleman Papers at the University of Delaware Library. She is also editing a collection of scholarly essays entitled Pops in Pop Culture: Fatherhood, Masculinity, and Modern Parenting, contributing a chapter on paternal memoir.

Research Interests:

Modernism, Motherhood Studies, Life Writing, Popular/Celebrity Culture, Scholarly Editing, and Digital Humanities.