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Janzen Kooistra, Lorraine


Professor; Co-Director, Centre for Digital Humanities


BA Honours (Brock); MA and PhD (McMaster)




416-979-5000 ext 7420

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Lorraine Janzen Kooistra is Co-Director of the Centre in Digital Humanities (CDH) and a co-investigator on the Children’s Literature Archive (CLA) project. She is founder and principal investigator of the Yellow Nineties Online, a digital research environment for the study of aesthetic periodicals of 1890s Great Britain. She has published numerous essays on Victorian illustrated books and periodicals, co-edited The Culture of Christina Rossetti, and authored The Artist as Critic: Bitextuality in Fin-de-Siècle Illustrated Books; Christina Rossetti and Illustration: A Publishing History; and Poetry, Pictures, and Popular Publishing: The Illustrated Gift Book and Victorian Visual Culture 1855-1875. Dr Janzen Kooistra served as Chair of English 2005-2008 and Undergraduate Program Director 2010-13. In 2012, she won the Provost’s Experiential Teaching Award and was honoured the following year with an Ontario Confederation of Faculty Associations (OCUFA) Teaching Award. Digital projects by her students, showcasing their undergraduate research and online publishing skills, may be viewed on the CLA Student Exhibition Space (

Research Interests:

Victorian illustrated books and periodicals; publishing history, the book arts, and visual culture; the digital humanities; Victorian poetry; women’s writing; children’s literature.