Dr. Elizabeth Willson Gordon

Assistant Professor, English P: 780-465-3500 Ext. 8109 F: 780-465-3534
Education
  • PhD, University of Alberta, 2007
  • MA, University of Western Ontario, 2002
  • BA Honours, University of Alberta, 2001

Research Interests

  • Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century British Literature and Culture
  • Modernist Studies
  • Book History and Print Culture
  • The Hogarth Press and Modernist Publishing
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Women's Writing

Current Research Projects

MAPP: Modernist Archive Publishing Project, an international digital humanities initiative.

Publishing, Branding, and Selling an Icon: The Cultural Impact of the Hogarth Press 1917-2017, a monograph.

A series of articles based on my work in the Hogarth Press archives.

Recent Publications

"Redefining Woolf for the 1990s: Producing and Promoting the 'Definitive Collected Edition.'" Interdisciplinary / Multidisciplinary Woolf: Selected Papers from the 22nd Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf. Ed. Ann Marti and Kathryn Holland. Clemson SC: Clemson U Digital P, forthcoming.

"On or About December 1928 the Hogarth Press Changed: E. McKnight Kauffer, Art, Markets and the Hogarth Press 1928-1939." Leonard and Virginia Woolf: The Hogarth Press, and the Networks of Modernism. Ed. Helen Southworth. Edinburgh UP, 2010. 32pp.

Woolf's-head Publishing: The Highlights and New Lights of the Hogarth Press. Edmonton: University of Alberta Libraries, 2009. 144pp.

"How Should One Sell a Book?: Production Methods, Material Objects, and Marketing at the Hogarth Press." Virginia Woolf's Bloomsbury: Aesthetic Theory and Literary Practice. Ed. Lisa Shahriari and Gina Vitello. Palgrave, 2009. 26pp.

“Romanticizing Sylvia Plath: Feminism and Literary Biography,” Thirdspace. Special issue on the interfaces of auto/biography: Fiction - Memory – History. Vol. 5 (1) 2005. 26 pp. (print), 30 pars. (web) <http:www.thirdspace.ca/vol5/5.1Gordon.htm>

“Selling Art Without Selling Out: Artistic Credibility, Financial Viability, and the Hogarth Press.” The Selected Papers of the 14th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf: Back to Bloomsbury. Ed. Gina Vitello and Lisa Shahriari. Clemson, SC: Clemson U Digital P, 2005. 10pp.

Curatorial Experience

Curator of Woolf’s-head Publishing, an exhibition at the Bruce Peel Special Collections, University of Alberta, February to April 2009.

Co-curated the exhibition First Impressions: The Fledgling Years of the Black Sparrow Press 1966-1970, presented by the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library, University of Alberta, May to September 2003.

Recent Conference Papers and Public Lectures

“The Hogarth Press as Feminist Press: Change through Works and Networks.” Modernism and Spectacle—The Modernist Studies Association (MSA), University of Las Vegas, October 2012.

“Redefining Woolf for the 1990s: Producing and Promoting the ‘Definitive Collected Edition.’” Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Woolf, International Conference on Virginia Woolf, University of Saskatchewan, June 2012.

“The Pope of Russell Square Meets the Queen of Bloomsbury for a Beer: Eliot, Woolf, and Modernist Branding.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE), Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Waterloo, May 2012.

“The Unknown History of the Hogarth Press: 1941 to the Present—The Life of the Press after the Death of Virginia Woolf. Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC), Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Waterloo, May 2012.

“The Unknown Hogarth Press: 1941 to the Present” for the Print Culture Speakers Series, Simon Fraser University, March 30th 2012.

“On or About December 1928 the Hogarth Press Changed: E. McKnight Kauffer, Art, Markets and the Hogarth Press.” Modernist Networks, Modernist Studies Association (MSA), University of Victoria, November 2010.

“Out of the Hogarth Press Archive—the Surprising History of Virginia Woolf’s Flush.Tradition and Innovation: The State of Book History, The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP), University of Toronto, June 2009.

“The Unknown Hogarth Press—Its Global and Popular Reach” for a Special Book History panel. Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE), Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Ottawa, May 2009.

“The Cultural Impact of the Hogarth Press, or Why I Love These Books so Much” to a capacity crowd of the Greater Edmonton Library Association, March 5th, 2009.

“Redesigning the Woolf’s Head: E. McKnight Kauffer and the Hogarth Press.” Woolf Editing, Editing Woolf: 18th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf, University of Denver, June 2008.

“Collecting the Woolfs’ Head: The Hogarth Press and the Valuation of Books,” presented at the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE), Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, May 2007.

“Archival Revelations—Flush, the Hogarth Press Archive and Material Woolf.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE), Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, York University, May 2006.  

“Mistaken Beginnings: the Stories and Myths Surrounding the Start of the Hogarth Press” for the International Virginia Woolf Society Panel. Twentieth-Century Literature Annual Conference, University of Louisville, February 2006.

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 204/205 Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 305 Literature from the 19th Century to the Present
  • ENGL 323 Literature and the Environment
  • ENGL 356 19th Century Literature
  • ENGL 360 Modernist Literature
  • ENGL 366 20th Century Women's Literature