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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Elizabeth Podnieks

Media & Culture

University   Ryerson University
E-Mail Address   lpodniek@ryerson.ca
Phone Number   (416) 979-5000 x 6547
Office Location   JOR-1040
Office Hours   TBA


Education

B.A. (McGill); M.A. (Toronto); Ph.D. (Toronto)

Biography

Professor Podnieks is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and the Joint Ryerson/York Graduate Program in Communication and Culture. Her teaching and research interests include life writing, mothering, modernism, and popular /celebrity culture. She is the author of Daily Modernism: The Literary Diaries of Virginia Woolf, Antonia White, Elizabeth Smart, and Anaïs Nin (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2000). She is the co-editor of Hayford Hall: Hangovers, Erotics, and Modernist Aesthetics (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005). She is the sole editor of two special issues of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies: “Private Life, Public Text: Women’s Diary Literature” (Summer 2002), and “Contemporary Approaches to Biography” (Forthcoming Fall 2008), which includes her article on Celebrity Bio Bloggers and Perez Hilton.

Podnieks has recently submitted to the Wilfrid Laurier University Press the manuscript Textual Mothers, Maternal Texts: Motherhood in Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Women’s Literatures, a collection of scholarly essays co-edited with Dr. Andrea O’Reilly (York University); Podnieks’ contribution to the book is a chapter on the life writings of modernist figure Zelda Fitzgerald. She is also preparing the sole-edited collection entitled Mediated Moms: Mothering in Popular Culture, for which she is writing a chapter on representations of celebrity mothers in entertainment magazines. In addition, she is contributing the following entries to the first Encyclopedia of Motherhood (Forthcoming Sage Publications): “Popular Culture and Mothering”; “Celebrity Motherhood”; “Modernism and Motherhood”; and “Life Writing and Mothers.”

Podnieks is also completing an edited, scholarly edition of the unpublished diaries of Emily Coleman, an American expatriate modernist writer, entitled “My Genius is myself”: The Diaries of Emily Coleman: 1929 - 1937.


Research Interests

Life writing, mothering, modernism, and popular /celebrity culture.

Selected Publications

Daily Modernism: The Literary Diaries of Virginia Woolf, Antonia White, Elizabeth Smart, and Anais Nin. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2000.

Private Lives, Public Texts: Women’s Literary Diaries and Journals. Guest Editor of Special Issue of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies. Volume 17.1 (Summer 2002).

“‘Hit Sluts’ and ‘Page Pimps’: Online Diarists and their Quest for Cyber-Union.”Life Writing. Volume 1:2 (2004). 123-150.

Hayford Hall: Hangovers, Erotics, and Modernist Aesthetics. Ed. Elizabeth Podnieks and Sandra Chait. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2005.
“‘they sat and roared’: Hayford Hall’s Performance in the Diary of Emily Coleman.” In Hayford Hall: Hangovers, Erotics, and Modernist Aesthetic. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2005. 89-115.

 

 

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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