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Podnieks, Elizabeth


Professor; Graduate Program Director


BA (McGill); MA and PhD (Toronto)




416-979-5000 ext 6547

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Elizabeth Podnieks is a Professor in the Department of English and the Joint Ryerson/York Graduate Program in Communication and Culture, and the Graduate Program Director for the MA in English - Literatures of Modernity. She is a member of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI); and served as the first Chair for the Popular Culture Association’s (PCA) Motherhood/Fatherhood Area (2011-2017).

Her publications include, among others, the monograph Daily Modernism: The Literary Diaries of Virginia Woolf, Antonia White, Elizabeth Smart, and Anaïs Nin (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2000); the edition Rough Draft: The Modernist Diaries of Emily Holmes Coleman, 1929-1937 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012); and the edited collections Mediating Moms: Mothers in Popular Culture (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2012) and Pops in Pop Culture: Fatherhood, Masculinity, and the New Man (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). At present she is working on a monograph about representations of motherhood in modernist auto/biography and journalism; and developing a project to digitize material in The Emily Holmes Coleman Papers at the University of Delaware Library.

Research Interests:

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