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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Lorraine Janzen

Media and Culture

University   Ryerson University
E-Mail Address   ljanzen@ryerson.ca
Phone Number   (416)-979-5000 ext.7420
Office Location   JOR 1101
Office Hours   TBA


Education

B.A. English (Brock); M.A. (McMaster); Ph.D. English (McMaster)

Biography

Lorraine Janzen Kooistra joined Ryerson University as Professor of English and faculty member in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture in 2005. She previously taught at Nipissing University and McMaster University and was a SSHRC Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto. A specialist in Victorian illustrated books, her research focuses on visual/verbal relations, print culture and publishing history, with special emphasis on the Pre-Raphaelites and the 1890s. Her books include two monographs on Victorian illustrated books, a co-edited collection of essays, and a volume of poetry. She is Guest Editor of a special issue on “Victorian Poetry and the Book Arts,” forthcoming in Victorian Poetry in 2010, and is completing a new book on “Poetry, Pictures, and Popular Publishing: The Illustrated Gift Book and Victorian Visual Culture.” In collaboration with Dennis Denisoff she is engaged in developing an online scholarly edition of a Victorian periodical, The Yellow Book, within The 1890s Online, a digital project supported by the NINES Consortium (Networked Interface for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship). http://www.ryerson.ca/1890s


Research Interests

Victorian poetry, literature, and visual culture; book arts; publishing history; illustration; visual/verbal relations; children’s books


Selected Publications

Victorian Word and Image. An MLA Podcast Documentary produced by Sally Placksin with Nancy Armstrong, Kate Flint, and Lorraine Janzen Kooistra. 2006. http://www.mla.org/radio_show_234

 

Learning to See in the Dark. Toronto: Wolsak and Wynn, 2003. 80pp.

 

Christina Rossetti and Illustration: A Publishing History. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2002. 332 pp.

 

 The Culture of Christina Rossetti: Female Poetics and Victorian Contexts.  Ed. Mary Arseneau, Antony H. Harrison, and Lorraine Janzen Kooistra. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1999. 351pp.

 

The Artist as Critic: Bitextuality in Fin-de-Siècle Illustrated Books. Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1995. 304pp.

 

 

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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan